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Being strategic and taking control: Bedrooms, social network sites and the narratives of growing up

Lincoln, S and Robards, B (2014) Being strategic and taking control: Bedrooms, social network sites and the narratives of growing up. New Media and Society. ISSN 1461-7315

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Abstract

Despite being distinct, online social spaces are governed by norms and conventions reminis-cent of those that govern offline social spaces. Our research into the ways young people’s ‘private’ or ‘quasi-private’ spaces are managed indicates that the strategies used to exert a sense of control over sites like Facebook borrow heavily from the strategies employed to manage offline private spaces like the teenage bedroom. In this article, we explore these con-tinuities and then consider the limitations of applying a bedroom metaphor to online social spaces. We then consider how these strategies of control are related to a process of ‘marking out’ the narrative of ‘growing up’ both in online and offline social spaces.

Keywords
Young people, social network sites, bedrooms, bedroom metaphor, strategies of control, growing up, identity

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1902 Film, Television And Digital Media, 2001 Communication And Media Studies
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 14:52
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 23:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1461444814554065
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502

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