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CHICAM RESEARCH
Report 1 (April 2002)
Global Kids, Global Media: a review of research relating to children, media and migration in Europe.

This report seeks to summarise and collate relevant previous research in two main areas: children and migration (in Part One) and children and media (in Part Two). Obviously, these are both vast areas - although, as several of the contributors here suggest, there are some significant absences in each case. We are particularly interested in the points at which these two areas overlap - and hence in research which addresses the role of the media in the lives of migrant children in particular. Here again, there appear to be some striking absences. Broadly speaking, research on children and media has largely neglected the specific experiences of migrant children; while research on children and migration has frequently neglected the role of the media.

Within these areas, researchers have employed some diverse theoretical paradigms and empirical methods. This is perhaps particularly the case in relation to media research, a field which is subject to sometimes competing claims by sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, educationalists and many others. In the case of migration studies, the differences may derive more from national policies and histories. Terms like 'ethnic minority', 'migrant' and 'refugee' mean different things in different countries - and while these differences make life difficult for researchers, they obviously present acute dilemmas for the individuals to whom these labels are applied.

Some of these differences are also apparent in Part Three of the report. Here, we have attempted to describe and analyse a range of European policy initiatives in our two main fields, and to consider the potential overlap between them. As in so many other areas of European policy-making, there is bound to be a tension here between the need for consistency and shared understanding (on the one hand) and the need to acknowledge and respect national and cultural differences (on the other).

In this report, we have not attempted to efface or iron out these differences by insisting on a single approach. On the contrary, we have asked the contributors to identify aspects and issues that they feel are specific to their national context, and to present them in their own terms. As such, therefore, this report represents a relatively early coming together of the various traditions and practices represented in the project team. It will be the work of the project itself to fill some of the gaps we have identified in this research literature; to generate innovative models of future practice; to suggest implications for new policies; and thereby to create a common ground for ongoing communication.
Dowload the full report:

DEL1 Contents and Preface (232k)

Children and Migration
DEL1 Part1 (444k)

Children and Media
DEL1 Part2 (424k)

European policy initiatives
DEL1 Part3 (140k)


DEL2 Full Report (384k)

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