Young people today: news media, policy and youth justice

Aldridge, J. and Cross, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2301-7318, 2008. Young people today: news media, policy and youth justice. Journal of Children and Media, 2 (3), pp. 203-218.

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The new sociology of childhood sees children as competent social agents with important contributions to make. And yet the phase of childhood is fraught with tensions and contradictions. Public policies are required, not only to protect children, but also to control them and regulate their behaviour. For children and young people in the UK, youth justice has become increasingly punitive. At the same time, social policies have focused more on children's inclusion and participation. In this interplay of conflict and contradictions, the role the media play is critical in contributing to the moral panic about childhood and youth. In this article, we consider media representations of “antisocial” children and young people and how this belies a moral response to the nature of contemporary childhood. We conclude by considering how a rights-based approach might help redress the moralised politics of childhood representations in the media.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Children and Media
Creators: Aldridge, J. and Cross, S.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2008
Volume: 2
Number: 3
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:41

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