The Political Public through the Eyes of a Child

Anna Sofie von Arenstorff, Carlos Miguel Chavez Valenzuela, Vanessa Akhtar Bhatti, Minfen Wang & Sonja Jennifer Eichert

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Children are exposed to political campaigns in public just as well as adults, even though they are not part of the target group. This project therefore wants to investigate on how children perceive and understand political posters. An explorative study with schoolchildren in the age of ten to twelve and with children in the streets of Roskilde has been conducted to examine the way children make sense from the political messages communicated through campaign posters and how they understand current political issues themselves. In the analysis it was evident that they are able to understand political messages and problems to a certain degree and can transfer that knowledge into their own political communication. It has been shown that the children of this investigation mainly rely on debating their thoughts and opinions with their peers and that they are greatly influenced by the adults that they are surrounded by in their everyday life. From our research results, children must be understood as active democratic citizens in the making, who value their democratic rights even though they cannot exercise them yet. Nevertheless, political posters only seem to affect children when they are actively confronted with them, since they normally do not notice or overthink them when in public.

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider87
VejledereHenrik Juel