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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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Life at Home Together and Apart

Life at Home Together and Apart

(p.148) 7 Life at Home Together and Apart

Sonia Livingstone

Julian Sefton-Green

NYU Press

What did we see when visiting students at home, with their families? Having formed our accounts of their learning and social identities in one setting, we had to revise our views of many of them when we saw them again at home—with their family, by themselves in their bedrooms, when they went online. As already foreshadowed by the network analysis, home and family was in many ways a more fundamental source of values and sustenance, but it was also a place of emotion. The media—both mass and networked—were heavily implicated in the domestic setting of values, emotions, and identities. Families sought to overcome the perceived threat the media posed to family boundaries by seeking, instead, to use the media as a source of shared understanding, a convivial experience of family solidarity that served further, however, to distance home from school. The array of disconnects that we uncovered between home and school—both chosen and inadvertent—was itself problematic for some young people, and yet these were sufficiently common- place for us to begin also to wonder about those for whom home and school offered consistent and compatible experiences

Keywords:   Home, Family, Togetherness, Bedroom culture, Isolation, Parental mediation, Parental conflict, Digital media rules

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