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Title: Young people today: media, policy and youth justice
Authors: Aldridge, Jo
Cross, Simon
Keywords: Antisocial behaviour (ASBOs)
British press
Media representations
Moral panics
Sociology of childhood
Social policy
Young people
Youth justice
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: ALDRIDGE, J. and CROSS, S., 2008. Young people today: media, policy and youth justice. Journal of Children and Media, 2 (3), pp. 203 - 218
Abstract: 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.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the serial Journal of Children and Media [© Taylor and Francis]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482790802327418
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/17482790802327418
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13249
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482790802327418
ISSN: 1748-2798
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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