The short lifetime of digital technologies means that generational identities are difficult to establish around any particular technologies let alone around more far-reaching socio-technological `revolutions'. Examining the consumption and use of digital technologies throughout the stages of human development, this book provides a valuable overview of ICT usage and generational differences. It focuses on the fields of home, family and consumption as key arenas where these processes are being enacted, sometimes strengthening old distinctions, sometimes creating new ones, always embodying an inherent restlessness that affects all aspects and all stages of life.
Combining a collection of international perspectives from a range of fields, including social gerontology, social policy, sociology, anthropology and gender studies, Digital Technologies and Generational Identity weaves empirical evidence with theoretical insights on the role of digital technologies across the life course. It takes a unique post-Mannheimian standpoint, arguing that each life stage can be defined by attitudes towards, and experiences of, digital technologies as these act as markers of generational differences and identity.
It will be of particular value to academics of social policy and sociology with interests in the life course and human development as well as those studying media and communication, youth and childhood studies, and gerontology.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'How does your age influence how you use technology and why does it matter? This timely volume assembles leading scholars from a diversity of disciplines to address the issue of ICTs and generational identity. It builds on the bedrock of existing scholarship to offer fresh and thought-provoking insights on this fascinating topic.' - Sun Sun Lim, PhD, Professor of Media & Communication, Singapore University of Technology and Design
`Taipale's edited volume provides a compelling look at the way that the "other half" uses mobiles and with what consequences. Too often, researchers have failed to explore how the elderly, the aging, and even young adults use this transformative technology. As a result, both social policy and daily life practices are shortchanged. As an antidote, this incisive, timely and accessible collection deserves wide reading.' - James E. Katz, PhD, DrHC, Feld Family Professor of Emerging Media, Director of Division of Emerging Media Studies, Executive Director of Center for Mobile Communication Studies, College of Communication, Boston University, US
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review