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ClassLiving and Learning in the Digital Age$
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Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479884575

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479884575.001.0001

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An Invitation to Meet the Class

(p.1) Introduction

Sonia Livingstone

Julian Sefton-Green

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Digital culture, Individualization, Connected learning, Schooling, Family, Social network, Parental anxiety, Late modernity

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