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Young people's creative understanding of their mediaworlds

This study developed and used new creative and metaphorical methods to explore how young people make sense of their complex mediaworlds. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as a two-year research project, from September 2008 to August 2010.

Project outline
Basic info about the project
About the process
Project diary including videos of work in progress
Previous study with Lego and identities
This project partly builds on David Gauntlett's work with Lego
Previous study with collage and young people
... and partly builds on Fatimah Awan's work with collage

We asked teenagers to make 'identity boxes' reflecting their identities and exploring the place of media in their lives.

In 2009 we conducted fieldwork at schools in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Southampton, Christchurch, and Cumbria. In 2010-11 we are publishing and presenting findings about the project. See the project diary for details and information.

Research Fellow on the project is Dr Fatimah Awan.
Principal Investigator is Prof David Gauntlett.

We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), who funded this project (Ref: AH/F009682/1).

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds arts and humanities research in the UK.

The process page features short YouTube videos documenting some of our research work-in-progress.

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