An Invitation to Meet the Class
The chapter introduces readers to a class of 13 to 14-year-old in an average London school. Through our ethnographic case study, we present the rationale for the study and key theoretical frameworks. We explore the public’s concerns and anxieties around teaching, learning, family life, peer friendships, digital culture, social networks and social change. Key theoretical frames around globalisation, individualisation and the role of digital media as well as arguments around the risk society, individualisation are discussed. It is argued that families in the digital age are adopting strategies that are conservative, connected or competitive, in ways that the book will explain. The chapter explains the outline of the book’s argument and provides a pithy chapter by chapter breakdown.
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