Intergenerational Connections in Digital Families

  • Sakari Taipale

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. Digital Families

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  4. Roles, Responsibilities and Practices

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  5. Conclusions and Implications

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 133-137

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive review of how digital communication technology can help families network and communicate across generations, despite differences in family composition, residential location, cultural values and orientations. Covering the full spectrum of intergenerational relations (including child to parent, and parent to grandparent), it offers a positive view of the value of digital technology usage within families.

The author focuses on three European countries: Finland, Italy and Slovenia, but also touches on other European countries and parts of the United States, revealing evidence that challenges ideas of universal adoption of information communication technology (ICT) and consistency in the social effects of such adoption in different regions and cultures. Further, the book discusses numerous other challenges and issues, such as:

•         the social transformations and technological developments that have made digital families possible;

•         the resulting changes in family roles, responsibilities, and practices; and

•         the theoretical and conceptual implications of digital communication-technology use in families.

The author illustrates how ICT can facilitate family solidarity and how it helps to provide new ways of being together, and they discuss how social media, particularly instant messaging applications, helps develop affinity between family members better than traditional one-to-one personal communication tools.

Combining highly nuanced material with fresh sociological thinking, it enhances readers’ theoretical understanding of the meaning of the ‘digital family’, making it a powerful resource for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as academics. Thanks to its structured format with easy-to-understand explanations, it appeals to practitioners and researchers alike.


Intergenerational relations Digital Families Intergenerational Solidarity Domestic Technology Domestic Computing Family Communication

Authors and affiliations

  • Sakari Taipale
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  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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