Books

Young People in Digital Society
Control Shift

Authors: Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black
Young People in Digital Society 

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...read more (opens in a new window)

Doing Research In and On the Digital: Research Methods across Fields of Inquiry

Authors: Cristina Costa, Jenna Condie
Doing Research in and on the Digital 

As a social space, the web provides researchers both with a tool and an environment to explore the intricacies of everyday life. As a site of mediated interactions and interrelationships, the ‘digital’ has evolved from being a space of information to a space of creation, thus providing new opportunities regarding how, where and, why to conduct social research.

Doing Research In and On the Digital aims to deliver on two fronts: first, by detailing how researchers are devising and applying innovative research methods for and within the digital sphere, and, secondly, by discussing the ethical challenges and issues implied and encountered in such approaches.

In two core Parts, this collection explores: (1) content collection: methods for harvesting digital data
and (2) engaging research informants: digital participatory methods and data stories.

With contributions from a diverse range of fields such as anthropology, sociology, education, healthcare and psychology, this volume will particularly appeal to post-graduate students and early career researchers who are navigating through new terrain in their digital-mediated research endeavours…read more (opens in a new window)