The Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy has launched a research anthology, providing new insights into the leisure culture among Nordic children and youth. Digital media, smart phones, and online gaming are among the trends highlighted in the report.
Published in September, the anthology Making Culture – children’s and young people’s leisure cultures presents current research on children’s and young people’s cultural habits in the Nordic region.
The anthology discusses the driving forces behind children’s and young people’s engagement in cultural activities, as well as the meaning of concepts such as children’s creativity and participation. Among the cultural trends on display are online gaming, cosplay, and fanfiction.
Furthermore, the meanings of different cultural practices for various groups of young people, such as ethnic minorities, LGBTQ youth, and disabled youth are also discussed in the anthology.
Two chapters deal with quantitative surveys on cultural habits among children and young people. One of the chapters presents and develops a previous mapping of current surveys in the Nordic countries (published by the Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy in 2018), while the other analyses the challenges involved with survey-based research when studying children’s and young people’s use of culture and media.
More information: The anthology is published in cooperation with 19 Nordic researchers from Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Editor is Anna Sparrman, Professor in Child Studies at Linköping University in Sweden.