Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Tufte, Thomas and Florencia Enghel (Eds.). Youth Engaging with the World: Media, Communication and Social Change

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Tufte, Thomas and Florencia Enghel (Eds.). Youth Engaging with the World: Media, Communication and Social Change

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Tufte, Thomas and Florencia Enghel (Eds.). Youth Engaging With the World: Media, Communication and Social Change. Goteborg: Nordicom/University of Gothenburg, 2009. Pp. 341. ISBN 978-91-89471-82-5 (paper) SEK 225, 23 [euro], $34.

Given the role of communication in the Arab Spring, and the rise since 2009 of the importance of social media as a means of communicating across the barriers of religion, gender, tribe and nation states, this book seems even more important, and despite the passage of a few years, on solid ground in its academic rigor, implications, and research. Supported with a grant from UNESCO, the 26-author volume is strong as a collection of voices with international and cross cultural reach, and is suitable for use in a number of university classes where the discussion of mediation, media and religion, youth demographics and politics, social media, and change are on the horizon. Editors Tufte and Enghel have done an excellent job bringing together a multidisciplinary, international and intergenerational group of scholars associated with the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media, a 1997 UNESCO initiative. See www.nordicom.gu.se/clearinghouse.

The first section, on "Memory and Identity" ranges from the role of youth in the press for human rights in Chile, to Belarus Youth multimedia magazine, to North Koreans in mediated storytelling. …

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