Adolescents' self-defining internet experiences
2015 (English)In: Technology and youth: growing up in a digital world / [ed] Kinney, David A., Bass, Loretta, Blair, Sampson Lee, Neff Claster, Patricia, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 105-131 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
AbstractPurposeThe purpose of this study was to investigate how young women and men perceive the Internet as a phenomenon and what role and meaning they ascribe to the Internet as an arena for defining themselves and for shaping their identity.Methodology/approachThe empirical data consist of narratives written by Swedish adolescents. Using content analysis the analysis was carried out in three steps: (1) finding categories and themes, (2) calculation of statistical differences in category frequencies, (3) a theoretically informed interpretation of central themes, using Bourdieu's concept of different forms of capital, and Giddens' concept of "pure relations."FindingsThe narratives exemplify how computer literacy and technological competence can be converted into social, cultural, and symbolic capital. Gender differences occur both in statistical differences between category frequencies in girls' and boys' narratives and in the interpretation of central themes. But there are also several examples that show more complex and contradictory tendencies, exceeding or transformative of gender differences and hierarchy.Originality/valueThis study considers adolescents' own perspectives on an arena of great importance. The analyses have been performed both qualitatively and quantitatively, which gives a nuanced picture of young people's self-defining experiences on the Internet.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. 105-131 p.
Sociologial Studies of Children and Youth, ISSN 1537-4661
Adolescent, internet, identity, gender, narratives, self-defining context
Research subject Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8607DOI: 10.1108/S1537-466120150000019004ISBN: 9781784413057ISBN: 978-1-78560-264-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8607DiVA: diva2:866004