Studying Family Life, Digital Technologies, and Social Media: Perspectives and Methods

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

Despite the growing pervasiveness of digital technologies, such as the Internet and social media, in some industrial societies, research on its impact on families remains scant. Additionally, researchers are still exploring and developing perspectives and methods that can fully capture the relationships between the usage (or non-usage) of digital technology and their appropriation, domestication, and influence in family life, including in family routines, intergenerational dynamics, time management, norms, intimacy, conflict, and work-life balance. For example, a largely missing perspective in current scholarship is a life course approach ­– the existing literature tends to focus on studies of a particularly age group or life stage (e.g., children or young adults), neglecting the interplay of different roles, positions, meanings, and contexts over a person’s life span. Concurrently, the application of digital research methods (nethnography, web scraping and analytics, digital network analysis, data visualizations, etc.) has been gaining popularity amongst researchers, but we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges of conducting research with these methods, including of ethical issues in the time of the so-called ‘Big Data’. This session calls for theoretical, methodological, and empirical work on family and digital technologies to provide a critical and informed examination of this topic.
Session Organizers:
Barbara BARBOSA NEVES, The University of Melbourne, Australia and Claudia CASIMIRO, University of Lisbon, ISCSP, Portugal
Claudia CASIMIRO, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Barbara BARBOSA NEVES, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Oral Presentations
Family Media Ecology: Parental Mediation and Family Time
Mia TAMMELIN, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Patriarchy, Religious Radicalization and Social Media in Israel: The Case of Yad Le’Achim
Sylvie BIJAOUI, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel
Distributed Papers
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