Connecting Families? Family Life and Communication Technologies

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

This session critically examines the intersection between family life and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Since ICTs, such as the Internet, are becoming pervasive in some contemporary societies, we aim to explore how ICTs affect family life, how ICTs are used and integrated in family dynamics, and what challenges arise from that use.

Putting it broadly, we ask: Are ICTs connecting families? What does this connectedness mean in terms of family routines, relationships, norms, work, intimacy, and privacy? And how do social actors envision the role of ICTs in connecting families? We welcome both theoretically informed and empirically grounded papers that cover a range of themes and diverse approaches in relation to family life and ICTs, including but not limited to the following:

  • ICT and family time
  • Uses and roles of ICT in family life
  • ICT and family norms
  • ICT and family routines/rituals
  • ICT and family relationships
  • ICT and transnational families
  • Domestication of technology
  • Meanings, identities, and performances
  • Public vs. private/collective vs. individual spheres
  • Social capital
  • Designing technology for families
  • Networked households
  • Work/life balance
  • Intimacy and autonomy
  • Online dating
  • Methodology

Final papers will be considered for a new special issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (JCFS) on ICT and family life.

Session Organizers:
Claudia CASIMIRO, ISCSP - University of Lisbon VAT#600019152, Portugal and Barbara BARBOSA NEVES, University of Toronto, Canada
Claudia CASIMIRO, ISCSP - University of Lisbon VAT#600019152, Portugal
Connecting Generations? Contacts Between Parents and Adult Children in a Mobile World
Ronny KONIG, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Bettina ISENGARD, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Marc SZYDLIK, University of Zurich, Switzerland
The Coming Home of Post-Industrial Society
Evelyn HONEYWILL, Macquarie University, Australia
Cyberspace and Intimacy: Maintaining Cross-Cultural Relationships at a Distance
Wilasinee PANANAKHONSAB, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, Thailand
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