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Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood

Edited by Anja Riitta Lahikainen, Professor Emerita of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Tiina Mälkiä, Postdoctoral Researcher and Katja Repo, Director, Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research (PERLA), Finland
This is a first-class repository of new knowledge on how media and family routines intertwine in daily interactions. The multi-method approach reveals how varying forms of media affect the interaction between children and their parents. Avoiding criticism of these interactions, the contributors instead offer an impartial view of the natural occurrences in media-related family life.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 666 6
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This is a first-class repository of new knowledge on how media and family routines intertwine in daily interactions. The multi-method approach reveals how varying forms of media affect the interaction between children and their parents. Avoiding criticism of these interactions, the contributors instead offer an impartial view of the natural occurrences in media-related family life.

The first section of the book maps contemporary family life by providing methodological, theoretical and time?use reflections on media use and family communication. It goes on to reach into the private zone of family interaction through video-documented episodes, providing the reader with detailed interactional analyses. This exposes how the boundaries between virtual interaction and face-to-face interaction have become blurred. Offering a comprehensive picture of the complexity of digital family life, this book exposes the challenges and opportunities of modern parenting.

Discussing largely unexplored phenomena that are applicable internationally, this book will appeal to a wide range of researchers and students in the fields of social sciences. Professionals such as psychologists, therapists and social workers will also benefit from the impartial insight this work gives into the media’s impact on modern family interaction.
‘This innovative book breaks new ground methodologically and theoretically as it examines the diversity and complexity of media use within the daily interactions of 26 Finnish families. Extensive video recording was used to capture both spatial and temporal diversity of media use within the home. An original and important contribution to our understanding of how new media changes and organizes interaction within the daily lives of contemporary families. A nuanced view of both the positive and negative aspects of media use is richly documented.’
– Marjorie Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles, US


Contributors: I. Arminen, S. Danby, A. Kallio, A.R. Lahikainen, T. Mälkiä, E. Mantere, J. Marsh, P. Nikken, S. Raudaskoski, K. Repo, E. Suoninen, S. Tiilikainen, S. Valkonen



Contents:

1. Introduction. Media and family interaction
Anja Riitta Lahikainen, Tiina Mälkiä and Katja Repo

PART I CONTEMPORARY FAMILIES AND MEDIA
2. New media, family interaction and socialization
Anja Riitta Lahikainen

3. Social interactional understandings in investigating family practices of digital media use
Susan Danby

4. Performative family life
Tiina Mälkiä

5. Children’s media use – the perspective of time use
Katja Repo and Satu Valkonen

PART II MEDIA RELATED PRACTICES AND FAMILY INTERACTION
6. Practices of parental mediation in television viewing
Aku Kallio

7. Masculine and feminine aspects of interaction in the context of watching TV
Eero Suoninen

8. When a computer dominates a child's attention
Eero Suoninen

9. Sticky media device
Eerik Mantere and Sanna Raudaskoski

10. Together individually
Sanna Tiilikainen and Ilkka Arminen

PART III CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION
11. The influence of parental smartphone use, eye contact and ‘bystander ignorance’ on child development
Sanna Raudaskoski, Eerik Mantere and Satu Valkonen

12. Family, media, and the digitalization of childhood
Anja Riitta Lahikainen and Ilkka Arminen

13. Commentary: The need for evidence based parenting support
Peter Nikken

14. Afterword
Jackie Marsh

Index