Making Migrant Identities: Television in Children’s Everyday Lives
In this chapter, we look more closely at a small number of individual children, exploring some of the ways in which they used and interpreted television in their everyday lives. The four children we consider in detail were aged 8 (two among them), 10 and 11, and they had all recently come to London from very different locations and circumstances around the world. Our focus here is specifically on television, which (at least for young children of this age) remains the medium that is most discussed and acted out in their everyday lives, and which forms their main means of access to world events. We explore how television was woven into the fabric of their lives, as they settled into their new locality and negotiated new relationships in school, in the playground, in their neighbourhoods and at home, while still remembering or maintaining contact with their places of origin. We also consider how particular types of television content — both children’s programmes and ‘adult’ programmes such as news — resonated with their personal concerns and anxieties, and enabled them to address the emotional implications of their experiences.
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