The Making of Citizens: Young People, News and Politics

1st Edition

David Buckingham

Routledge
Published February 3, 2000
Reference - 246 Pages
ISBN 9780415214612 - CAT# RU19972
Series: Media, Education and Culture

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Summary

Based on research conducted in Britain and the US, The Making of Citizens traces the dynamic complexities of young people's interpretations of news, and their judgements about the ways in which key social and political issues are represented. Rather than bemoaning young people's ignorance, he argues that we need to rethink what counts as political understanding in contemporary societies, suggesting that we need forms of factual reporting that will engage more effectively with young people's changing perceptions of themselves as citizens.
The Making of Citizens provides a significant contribution to the study of media audiences and a timely intervention in contemporary debates about citizenship and political education.

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