Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood
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Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood

Edited by Anja R. Lahikainen, Tiina Mälkiä and Katja Repo

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.
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Chapter 14: Afterword

Jackie Marsh


The Afterword reflects on the themes addressed in the book and considers them in the light of global scholarship in the field. It draws together the overarching concepts and poses a number of questions about how the issues raised by the authors might inform future research. One of the key advances this book makes to knowledge in the area is that it enhances our understanding of how the use of media by individuals has an impact on the collective experiences of the family. The study develops an even-handed understanding of how technologies can both disrupt and enhance intimacy within the family context. The study offers methodological insights into the nature of observations in the home environment and makes clear that any study of media use in families should consider children’s experiences as well as parents’.

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