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Young People in Digital Society

Control Shift

  • Draws on qualitative research with young people

  • Adopts a critical youth studies approach

  • Theorizes the digital as a key feature of the everyday

Book

Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 1-42
  3. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 43-82
  4. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 83-128
  5. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 129-174
  6. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 175-219
  7. Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
    Pages 221-235
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-250

About this book

Introduction

This book adopts a critical youth studies approach and theorizes the digital as a key feature of the everyday to analyse how ideas about youth and cyber-safety, digital inclusion and citizenship are mobilized. Despite a growing interest in the benefits and opportunities for young people online, both ‘young people’ and ‘the digital’ continue to be constructed primarily as sites of social and cultural anxiety requiring containment and control. Juxtaposing public policy, popular educational and parental framings of young people’s digital practices with the insights from fieldwork conducted with young Australians aged 12–25, the book highlights the generative possibilities of attending to intergenerational tensions. In doing so, the authors show how a shift beyond the paradigm of control opens up towards a deeper understanding of the capacities that are generated in and through digital life for young and old alike. Young People in Digital Society will be of interest to scholars and students in youth studies, cultural studies, sociology, education, and media and communications.

Keywords

digital practices youth studies public policy education sociology internet culture cyber safety citizenship

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of Western SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Amanda Third is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.
Philippa Collin is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.
Lucas Walsh is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.
Rosalyn Black is Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University, Australia.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“In this incisive analysis of why “the control paradigm” is so intuitive to adults but so alienating for young people, the authors call for a radical rethinking of society’s approach to all things “young+digital.” Read this book to see why a societal shift is vital and urgent to further the best interests of those growing up in today's digital world.” (Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science and www.parenting.digital)

“The importance of this book cannot be exaggerated. Control Shift provides the scholarship we adults need to make the pivot of the 21st century: from dictating to young people to partnering with them to discover together what’s best for them and the planet. Control => shift is literally the imperative of our time: essential, urgent.” (Anne Collier, writer and founder, NetFamilyNews.org & The Net Safety Collaborative)