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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424396

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.001.0001

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Cultures of research and policy in Europe

Cultures of research and policy in Europe

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(p.55) five Cultures of research and policy in Europe
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Kids online
Author(s):

Leslie Haddon

Gitte Stald

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0005

Europe is traditionally regarded as a cultural entity with shared historical roots, values, systems, and institutions. However, when considering the various levels on which Europe may be understood, one must note that the European Union is more integrated at the political and economic levels than in terms of culture and traditions. This chapter examines societal influences on research and the influence of national research communities. It shows that different studies can be instigated by different stakeholders for a range of reasons, so that the activities and interests of industry, media, public, academics, government, and NGOs may all contribute to the national pool of empirical research on children and the internet. Societal factors, such as the degree of internet adoption, played some role in influencing the variation in cross-national research, as did a range of characteristics of the national research community, such as its size and the timing, or history, of internet studies, itself related to the development of the national internet market.

Keywords:   cross-national research, social shaping, empirical research, internet, children

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