Childhood is increasingly saturated by techlogy: from television to the Internet, video games to 'video nasties', camcorders to personal computers. Many companies w engage in the development of specifically child-orientated techlogies such as computer software packages. Children engage with and exercise competence in a whole range of techlogies in the home, at school and in the public social world. Children, Techlogy and Culture looks at the interplay of children and techlogy which poses critical questions for how we understand the nature of childhood in late modern society. This collection brings together researchers from a range of disciplines to further our understanding of the theoretical implications and methodological consequences of exploring the relationships between children and techlogy. The book addresses four aspects of this relationship: *children's access to techlogies and the implications for social relationships *the structural contexts of children's engagement with techlogies with a focus on gender and the family *the situatedness of children's interactions with techlogical objects *the constitution of children and childhood through the mediations of techlogy Childhood studies is an area of increasing interest in various disciplines from sociology to social work, education to anthropology. This valuable new book will be of interest to students studying in these areas, as well as practitioners in the social, child and youth services and NGOs who focus on children.
Ian Hutchby is Lecturer in Communication and Sociology at Brunel University, UK Jo Moran-Ellis is lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK