Toys, Games, and Media

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Jeffrey Goldstein, David Buckingham, Gilles Brougere
Taylor & Francis Group, 2005 - Education - 249 pages
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This book is a state-of-the-art look at where toys have come from and where they are likely to go in the years ahead. The focus is on the interplay between traditional toys and play, and toys and play that are mediated by or combined with digital technology. As well as covering the technical aspects of computer mediated play activities, the authors consider how technologically enhanced toys are currently used in traditional play and how they are woven into childrens' lives. The authors contrast their findings about technologically enhanced toys with knowledge of traditional toys and play. They link their studies of toys to goals in education and to entertainment and information transfer.


This book will appeal to students, researchers, teachers, child care workers and more broadly the entertainment 'industry'. It may be appropriate for courses that deal with the specialized subject of toys and games but many courses in Media studies, Education and Teacher Training, and Child Development will inevitably have a component to cover this topic. There is considerable scope for the growth of interest in computer games used by children as these games become more readily available and less expensive.

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David Buckingham is Professor of Media and Communications at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK. He is the author of "The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture" and other books.

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