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This subject explores how children and young people construct and reconstruct their sense of selves against the backdrop of pervasive contemporary popular cultures. It examines contrasting approaches to identity (e.g. developmental, sociological, feminist, post-structuralist) and contemporary debates about the place of popular culture and the media and entertainment industries in children and young people's lives.
The subject analyses the ways in which children and young people appropriate and colonise symbols, meanings, images and styles from different popular cultural media. Popular cultures provide resources for identity construction, for meaning-making and for political uses. The subject explores the ways in which popular cultures draw on global images in local settings.
An indicative list of topics in this subject is: the uses of cultural commodities in children and young people's construction of gendered, classed and racialised identity/ies; childhoods, global capital and multinational companies; the role of the Internet; children and young people as cultural consumers and as cultural producers.
Intended learning outcomes
On completing this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the inter-relationships between children's and young people's identity formation and popular culture
- Critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives on the role of popular culture in the making of childhood and youth cultures
- Clearly identify the place of global capital and the media and entertainment industries in the commodification of childhood
- Understand the impact of new technologies on popular youth cultures
- Clearly identify the place of global forms of popular culture and how these are appropriated by youth to frame local cultures.
This subject will assist students to develop the following transferable skills:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Linking theory and practice
- Awareness of social and cultural diversity in communities
- Social and civic awareness and participation.
Last updated: 1 March 2024