[Air-L] New book announcement - The class: living and learning in the digital age
jschneider at pobox.com
Tue May 3 13:23:51 PDT 2016
Buried in the announcement is the link to *read the book online* (for free):
Thanks to NYU Press & The NYU Digital Library Technology Services for this!
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM, Sonia Livingstone - The Class <
s.livingstone at lse.ac.uk> wrote:
> New book announcement
> The class: living and learning in the digital age
> By Sonia Livingstone (http://www.sonialivingstone.net/) and Julian
> Sefton-Green (http://www.julianseftongreen.net/)
> Published 3 May 2016 by New York University Press
> See: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479824243/
> Based upon fieldwork at an ordinary London school, The Class examines
> young people's experiences of growing up and learning in a digital world.
> In this original and engaging study, Livingstone and Sefton-Green explore
> youth values, teenagers’ perspectives on their futures, and their tactics
> for facing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The authors
> follow the students as they move across their different social worlds—in
> school, at home, and with their friends, engaging in a range of activities
> from video games to drama clubs and music lessons.
> Based on spending over a year with one class of 13-14 year olds, the
> authors ask a host of questions that concern parents, teachers,
> journalists, public policy makers and researchers:
> * Do today’s youth have more opportunities than their parents?
> * As they build their own social and digital networks, does that offer new
> routes to learning and friendship?
> * How do they navigate opportunities for formal and informal learning in a
> digitally connected but fiercely competitive, highly individualized world?
> * What is expected of parents, and what do parents actually do, when
> bringing up their young teens in the digital age?
> By portraying the texture of the students’ everyday lives, The Class seeks
> to understand how the structures of social class and cultural capital shape
> the development of personal interests, relationships and autonomy.
> Providing insights into how young people’s social, digital, and learning
> networks enable or disempower them, Livingstone and Sefton-Green reveal
> that the experience of disconnections and blocked pathways is often more
> common than that of connections and new opportunities.
> The authors will be blogging about the book over the coming few months at
> www.parenting.digital (http://www.parenting.digital/) and at
> We are delighted to note that the book is free to read online at
> http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/book/9781479824243/ (
> If you would like a review copy, please email Betsy C Steve -
> betsy.steve at nyu.edu (North America) Rachel Shand -
> rachelshand at combinedacademic.co.uk (EU & ROW).
> Contents page
> * Introduction: An Invitation to Meet the Class
> * 1 Living and Learning in the Digital Age
> * 2 A Year of Fieldwork
> * 3 Networks and Social Worlds
> * 4 Identities and Relationships
> * 5 Life at School: From Routines to Civility
> * 6 Learning at School: Measuring and “Leveling” the Self
> * 7 Life at Home Together and Apart
> * 8 Making Space for Learning in the Home
> * 9 Learning to Play Music: Class, Culture, and Taste
> * 10 Life Trajectories, Social Mobility, and Cultural Capital
> * Conclusion: Conservative, Competitive, or Connected
> Each chapter is grounded in original empirical research and each seeks to
> bring children and young people’s experiences and voices to the fore.
> The book reflects several years of fieldwork, analysis and writing, part
> of our participation in the Connected Learning Research Network funded by
> the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative.
> Recognising that we live in a thoroughly mediated society, this network is
> examining how children and young people already – and could in the future -
> connect their formal and informal learning experiences in school, home,
> with peers and in interest-driven activities.
> The Class is the second in a new series (
> called Connected Youth and Digital Futures (
> http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/) which examines “changes at the
> intersection of civil and political reform, transformations in employment
> and education, and the growing presence of digital technologies in all
> aspects of social, cultural and political life.”
> Praise already received for The Class:
> “In a richly textured account, The Class unpacks many of the grand claims
> made in public discourse about the perceived impact—positive and
> negative—of new media technologies on young people’s lives and future
> prospects. Intellectually engaging, lucidly written, and emotionally
> engrossing, The Class is required reading for policy makers, parents, and
> teachers alike."
> —Kirsten Drotner, co-editor of Informal Learning and Digital Media (
> “One of the richest investigations to date of young people across the
> major sites of their lives—school, family, and among their peers—The Class
> will be a distinctive contribution to media and youth studies. Displaying
> an impressive breadth of knowledge, the authors showcase lively
> ethnographic vignettes to draw significant, convincing, and exciting
> —Dorothy Holland, co-author of Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds (
> "An exemplary ethnography whose holistic engagement with children at home
> as well as at school allow for judicious appraisals of what actually
> matters, motivates, and has consequences for their lives. By fully
> respecting the children’s attempts to control the impact of digital
> technologies, negotiate their relationships and internalise but tame
> institutional pressures, this book gives us precisely the kind of
> empathetic sense of the child that we need to retain as adults."
> —Daniel Miller, author of Social Media in an English Village (
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