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Palgrave Macmillan

Mediated Youth Cultures

The Internet, Belonging and New Cultural Configurations

ISBN 9781137287014
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Andy Bennett and Brady Robards bring together thirteen timely essays from across the globe that consider a range of 'mediated youth cultures', covering topics such as how stories about growing up are mediated on Facebook, the phenomenon of dance imitations on YouTube, the circulation of zines online, the resurgence of roller derby on the social web, drinking cultures, Israeli blogs, Korean pop music, and more. The collection, drawing on research conducted with young people into their social and cultural lives, provides readers with a deep, fine-grained understanding of how youth culture circulates online. It is clear that, although the internet affords young people with new opportunities and risks, many of the youth cultures covered in this collection are not 'new' in themselves, but are instead mediated – played out – in new, and imaginative forms.

Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. He is a leading international figure in the study of youth cultures.

Brady Robards is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, with an emerging research profile in the study of young people and the social web.

Introduction: Youth, Cultural Practice and Media Technologies; Andy Bennett and Brady Robards
1. Youth Identities in a Digital Age: The Anchoring Role of Friends in Young People's Approaches to Online Identity Expression; Katie Davis
2. Mediating Experiences of 'Growing Up' on Facebook's Timeline: Privacy, Ephemerality and the Reflexive Project of Self; Brady Robards
3. Young People and Mediated Private Space; Siân Lincoln
4. Ending Up Online: Interrogating Mediated Youth Drinking Cultures; Ian Goodwin, Antonia Lyons, Christine Griffin and Tim McCreanor
5. Rethinking 'Virtual' Youth: Young People and Life Writing; Kate Douglas and Anna Poletti
6. 'The Designs Industry': Girls Play with Production and Power on Israeli Blogs; Carmel Vaisman
7. Youth, Social Media and Transnational Cultural Distribution: The Case of Online K-Pop Circulation; Sun Jung
8. Young People's Musical Engagement, and Technologies of Taste; Melissa Avdeeff
9. Understanding Everyday Uses of Music Technologies in the Digital Age; Raphaël Nowak
10. Women, Sport and New Media Technologies: Derby Grrrls Online; Adele Pavlidis and Simone Fullagar
11. Getting Bodied with Beyoncé on YouTube; Ann Werner
12. Activating' Young People in the Production of Virtual Worlds; Liam Berriman
13. Flash Mobs and Zombie Shuffles: Play in the Augmented City; Susan Bird
Glossary of Terms

Melissa Avdeeff, independent researcher, Canada
Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Australia
Liam Berriman, University of Sussex, UK
Susan Bird, Victoria University, Australia
Katie Davis, University of Washington Information School, USA
Kate Douglas, Flinders University, Australia
Simone Fullagar, University of Bath, UK
Ian Goodwin, Massey University, New Zealand
Christine Griffin, University of Bath, UK
Sun Jung, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Siân Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Antonia Lyons, Massey University, New Zealand
Tim McCreanor, Massey University, New Zealand
Raphaël Nowak, Griffith University, Australia
Adele Pavlidis, Griffith University, Australia
Brady Robards, University of Tasmania, Australia
Carmel L. Vaisman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Anna Poletti, Monash University, Australia
Ann Werner, Södertörn University, Sweden


'Bringing together an impressive range of scholars and original research from around the world, Mediated Youth Cultures offers an invaluable resource for those studying how young people are integrating digital communications into their cultural lives, from the role of the internet in the development and playing out of young identities, to the significance of online communication as a tool for different forms of cultural consumption, creativity and resistance. Bennett and Robards have assembled a diverse and complementary set of contributions that will surely be essential reading for students of youth and youth cultures, and will help set future research agendas in this crucial and fast-changing area.' - Paul Hodkinson, Reader in Sociology, University of Surrey, UK
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