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Title: Children's perceptions of risk and mobile phones in their everyday lives
Author: Bond, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 8507
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2008
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This study explores children's perceptions of risk and mobile phones in their everyday lives. Technological developments associated with capitalist society are intricately entwined with the risk discourse, but little account has previously been taken of children's views in sociological analyses of risk. Based on the accounts of thirty young people aged between 11 - 17, this study adopts a social constructivist perspective to offer a theoretical framework which explores how children themselves actually use mobile phone technologies and understand risk in their everyday lives. Implications of risk and mobile phones are reflected in current media discourse and contemporary public discussions. Whilst the concept of risk remains at the centre of current sociological debate, children have only recently been seen as active social actors within social science. This research explores the relationship between young people's use of mobile phone technology and the wider theoretical debates about risk, technology and subjectivity and offers insight into the social aspects of risk and mobile phones in contemporary childhoods. This is an interpretative study that offers a methodological rationale for hearing children's voices and viewing them as experts on their own lives. The data from conversations with 30 children, subject to an ANT approach in the data analysis, reveals four themes - risk and relationships, risk and technology, risk and self-identity and risk and reflexivity. The children were reflexive in their understanding of risk and mobile phones and in the construction of their individualized life biographies. Their accounts highlight the complex, multifarious relationships of the heterogeneous networks of the technical, the social and the natural that constitute children's everyday lives.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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