Join Dr. Carlos as he discusses the sexualization of children with Dr. Barrie Gunter. Barrie Gunter is Professor of Mass Communication, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester. His research interests are in the psychological effects of the mass media, particularly in areas such as violent and sexual behaviour, health and consumerism. His most recent books include the co-authored Alcohol Advertising and Young People’s Drinking and the forthcoming Celebrity Capital: Assessing the Value of Fame.
Media and the Sexualization of Childhood examines the on-going debates surrounding the prominence of sexual themes in children’s lives, from clothes and accessories, toys and games, to music, entertainment media, advertising, and new media platforms.
Parents, educators, and politicians around the developed world have raised concerns about the effects all these experiences can have on the socialization and psychological development of children and the extent to which the premature introduction of sexuality into their lives can place them at risk of unwanted attention. This book explores these issues using an evidence-based approach that draws on research findings from around the world, representing the most comprehensive single account of the field.
The book will be invaluable to students studying topics surrounding children and the media and childhood studies, as well as students of communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and health science.