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Changing Media, Homes and Households

Book Description

Media technologies have played a central role in shaping ideas about home life over the last two centuries. Changing Media, Homes and Households explores the complex relationship between home, householders, families and media technologies by charting the evolution of the media-rich home, from the early twentieth century to the present.

Moving beyond a narrow focus on media texts, production and audiences, Deborah Chambers investigates the physical presence of media objects in the home and their symbolic importance for home life. The book identifies the role of home-based media in altering relationships between home, leisure, work and the outside world in the context of entertainment, communication and work. It assesses whether domestic media are transforming or reinforcing traditional identities and relations of gender, generation, class and migrancy.

Mediatisation theory is employed to assess the domestication of media and media saturation of home life in the context of wider global changes. The author also develops the concept of media imaginaries to explain the role of public discourses in shaping changing meanings, values and uses of domestic media. Framed within these approaches, four chapters also provide in-depth case studies of the processes involved in media’s home adoption: early television design, family-centred video gaming, the domestication of tablet computers, and the shift from "smart homes" to today’s "connected" homes.

This is an ideal text for students and researchers interested in media and cultural studies, communication, and sociology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Changing Media, Homes and Households
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. 1 Introduction
    1. Media Households
    2. Types of Media Engagement in the Home
    3. The Mediatisation of the Home
    4. Media Imaginaries
    5. Organisation of the Book and Overview of Chapters
  8. 2 Early Television
    1. Introduction
    2. The Social Need for Television
    3. Designing Media for the Home
    4. Family, Nation and Visions of Progress
    5. The Domestication of Television Programming
    6. Domesticity, Progress and Portable TV
    7. From Communal to Individual Viewing
    8. Conclusion
  9. 3 The domestication of Media Technology
    1. Introduction
    2. The domestication of Media Technologies Approach
    3. Early Domestication Research of the 1990s
    4. Domestication Research from 2006
    5. Domestication and Mediatisation
    6. Conclusion
  10. 4 Mediatised Childhoods and Media Parenting
    1. Introduction
    2. Patterns of Domestic Media use by Children
    3. Children’s Media-Oriented Bedrooms
    4. Media Socialisation and Media Risks
    5. Media Parenting Strategies
    6. Children’s Media Literacy and Commercial Media
    7. Conclusion
  11. 5 From Arcade to Family-Centred Video Gaming
    1. Introduction
    2. Aspirations Towards Inter-Generational Family Gaming
    3. From Arcade to Home: The Design of Video Gaming for the Home
    4. Gender Differences among Domestic Video Console Users
    5. The Launch of Family-Centred Video Gaming
    6. Emerging Patterns and Dynamics of Family Gaming
    7. Conclusion
  12. 6 Touchscreen Homes and the Domestication of the Computer Tablet
    1. Introduction
    2. The Growth in Touchscreen Media
    3. Tablet Advertisements: From Cosmopolitan Mobility to Familial and Domestic Imagery
    4. Touchscreen Technologies, Family Dynamics and Multi-Screen Homes
    5. Conclusion
  13. 7 Home, Media and Migration
    1. Introduction
    2. Transnational Uses of Communication Technologies
    3. The Role of Media Content Within Transnational Identities
    4. Children, Migration and Media
    5. Family Albums, the Migrant Gaze and Domestication of Public Places
    6. Conclusion
  14. 8 Homes of the Future: From Smart Homes to Connected Homes
    1. Introduction
    2. Homes of Tomorrow
    3. Smart Homes of the 1980s and 1990s
    4. Today’s Digitally Automated ‘Connected Home’
    5. Tensions Between Work, Leisure and Domestic Responsibilities
    6. Conclusion
  15. 9 The Mediatised Home
    1. Introduction
    2. Media Imaginaries of Domesticity
    3. The Commercialisation of Domestic Media Technologies
    4. Privacy and Domestic Media Surveillance
  16. Index