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The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

Sonia Livingstone Julian Sefton-Green

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New York University Press
03 May 2016
Media studies; Teaching skills & techniques; Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
An intimate look at how children network, identify, learn and grow in a connected world.

Read Online at connectedyouth.nyupress.org Do today's youth have more opportunities than their parents? As they build their own social and digital networks, does that offer new routes to learning and friendship? How do they navigate the meaning of education in a digitally connected but fiercely competitive, highly individualized world?

Based upon fieldwork at an ordinary London school, The Class examines young people's experiences of growing up and learning in a digital world. In this original and engaging study, Livingstone and Sefton-Green explore youth values, teenagers' perspectives on their futures, and their tactics for facing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The authors follow the students as they move across their different social worlds-in school, at home, and with their friends, engaging in a range of activities from video games to drama clubs and music lessons. By portraying the texture of the students' everyday lives, The Class seeks to understand how the structures of social class and cultural capital shape the development of personal interests, relationships and autonomy. Providing insights into how young people's social, digital, and learning networks enable or disempower them, Livingstone and Sefton-Green reveal that the experience of disconnections and blocked pathways is often more common than that of connections and new opportunities.
By:   Sonia Livingstone, Julian Sefton-Green
Imprint:   New York University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   32g
ISBN:   9781479824243
ISBN 10:   1479824240
Series:   Connected Youth and Digital Futures
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   03 May 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgments Introduction: An Invitation to Meet the Class 1. Living and Learning in the Digital Age 2. A Year of Fieldwork 3. Networks and Social Worlds 4. Identities and Relationships 5. Life at School: From Routines to Civility 6. Learning at School: Measuring and Leveling the Self 7. Life at Home Together and Apart 8. Making Space for Learning in the Home 9. Learning to Play Music: Class, Culture, and Taste 10. Life Trajectories, Social Mobility, and Cultural Capital Conclusion: Conservative, Competitive, or Connected Contents Appendix Notes References Index About the Authors

Sonia Livingstone is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE and the author or editor of nineteen books. Julian Sefton-Green is Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, LSE and an associate professor at the University of Oslo, and the author or editor of eleven books.

Reviews for The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

An exemplary ethnography whose holistic engagement with children at home as well as at school allow for judicious appraisals of what actually matters, motivates, and has consequences for their lives. By fully respecting the children s attempts to control the impact of digital technologies, negotiate their relationships and internalise but tame institutional pressures, this book gives us precisely the kind of empathetic sense of the child that we need to retain as adults. -Daniel Miller, author of Social Media in an English Village


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