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    Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics. (Paperback) By (author) Danah Michele Boyd

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    DescriptionAs social network sites like MySpace and Facebook emerged, American teenagers began adopting them as spaces to mark identity and socialize with peers. Teens leveraged these sites for a wide array of everyday social practices---gossiping, flirting, joking around, sharing information, and simply hanging out. While social network sites were predominantly used by teens as a peer-based social outlet, the unchartered nature of these sites generated fear among adults. This dissertation documents my 2.5-year ethnographic study of American teens' engagement with social network sites and the ways in which their participation supported and complicated three practices---self-presentation, peer sociality, and negotiating adult society. My analysis centers on how social network sites can be understood as networked publics which are simultaneously (1) the space constructed through networked technologies and (2) the imagined community that emerges as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice. Networked publics support many of the same practices as unmediated publics, but their structural differences often inflect practices in unique ways. Four properties--- persistence, searchability, replicability, and scalability ---and three dynamics---invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, and the blurring of public and private---are examined and woven throughout the discussion. While teenagers primarily leverage social network sites to engage in common practices, the properties of these sites configured their practices and teens were forced to contend with the resultant dynamics. Often, in doing so, they reworked the technology for their purposes. As teenagers learned to navigate social network sites, they developed potent strategies for managing the complexities of and social awkwardness incurred by these sites. Their strategies reveal how new forms of social media are incorporated into everyday life, complicating some practices and reinforcing others. New technologies reshape public life, but teens' engagement also reconfigures the technology itself.


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    Title
    Taken Out of Context
    Subtitle
    American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Danah Michele Boyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 410
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 739 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781243994547
    ISBN 10: 1243994541
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Publisher
    Proquest, Umi Dissertation Publishing
    Imprint name
    Proquest, Umi Dissertation Publishing
    Publication date
    01 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Charleston SC