Key Scholarship in Media Literacy: David Buckingham

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We live in a time of unprecedented media use, much of which can be accessed by devices that fit in our pockets. Young people, in particular, make use of media on a near-constant basis. How can this media use be better understood?

This text focuses on the scholarship and research of David Buckingham, a global leader in media literacy education and children’s and young people’s media cultures. It is not an exaggeration to state that studies and applications of media literacy education around the globe are indebted to the scholarship of Buckingham and that more nuanced understandings of how children and young people make sense of their media choices are due, in large part, to Buckingham’s work.

Key Scholarship in Media Literacy: David Buckingham focuses on the key contributions of Buckingham’s work over his prolific career, illuminating the advances he made in the field of media literacy education and understandings of young people’s media cultures. Through a close look at Buckingham’s theoretical advancements, contributions to the larger field of media literacy education, and the key strains of his research – how children and young people learn, what they already know about media and pop culture before they enter classrooms, end media content about and for youth – this text delineates Buckingham’s vast bibliography and will be an invaluable resource for anyone curious to know more about children, youth, and media literacy education.

Analysis of Buckingham’s work is drawn from his robust bibliography, exploration of scholarship he has critiqued, interpretation of contemporary social concerns through the lens of his research, and formal and informal conversations with him over the course of several years.

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Allison T. Butler, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Advising in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches courses in media literacy and education and media.
Acknowledgments

Introduction
 1 Why This Matters
 2 Young People, Media, and Education
 3 Introducing David Buckingham
 4 Depth & Breadth of Buckingham’s Work

1 Theoretical Underpinnings and Advancements
 1 Position in the Field
 2 Theoretical Underpinnings
 3 Defijining Media Literacy Education
 4 Media Literacy Concepts
 5 Context Is Crucial

2 Major Contributions
 1 Being ‘Critical’
 2 Resisting Binary Efffects Arguments
 3 A Closer Look at Violence
 4 A Closer Look at Obesity
 5 The Role of Technology

3 How Do Children and Young People Learn?
 1 Breaking from ‘Demystification’
 2 Methods of Research
 3 Initial Inquiry: How Do Children Learn?
 4 Paradoxes of Media Literacy Education

4 What Do Children and Young People Already Know?
 1 Moral Panics
 2 Understanding Media Use: Beyond Psychology
 3 Methods of Research
 4 How Children and Young People Talk about Their Knowledge
 5 A Closer Look at Social Class
 6 A Closer Look at Gender
 7 The Role of the Researcher
 8 Implications for Education

5 Children and Young People’s Media Culture
 1 Who and Where Children and Young People Are
 2 Methods of Research
 3 The Marketplace and Children’s Culture
 4 Children and Young People’s Media Relationships
 5 A Closer Look at Youth and Civic Engagement
 6 Revisiting Youth and Media
 7 A Closer Look at TikTok

6 Conclusion: Current Work
 1 Buckingham in Context
 2 Latest Research
 3 Lingering Struggles and Questions

References
Index
All interested in media literacy education, especially in-service teachers, teachers, and graduate students studying media literacy, and anyone interested in children and young people’s media cultures.