The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Lynn Schofield Clark is Associate Professor in Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. Her books include Religion, Media, and the Marketplace (Rutgers University Press, 2007); From Angels to Aliens (Oxford University Press, 2005), and with Stewart M. Hoover, Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002).


"Clark provides a detailed, savvy, and scholarly view of how families are handling both the risks and benefits of the digital age." --Publishers Weekly

"For any parent out there who is anxious about your child's use of social media: this book is for you. The Parent App provides important insight into the role of technology in contemporary middle class family life, combining the perspectives of parents and youth in order to highlight where there are tensions and confusion. Using a delightful mix of narrative and analysis, Clark invites parents to understand what is unfolding so that they don't feel so trapped." --Danah Boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research

"Drawing from rich and evocative stories of the everyday lives of diverse families, Lynn Schofield Clark provides crucial analysis and insights into how media can be tied to productive connection as well as destructive tension. Anyone with an interest in how families negotiate media use will find this book highly engaging and informative, and parents will find perspectives they can apply right away in their own struggles over media in their homes." --Mimi Ito, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine

"The Parent App is exactly what the best of 'apps' should be: leading us skillfully and swiftly to a field of interest that will help us navigate our lives more fluidly. Insightful about the dilemmas of everyday life that every American family faces in the digital age, Lynn Schofield Clark pays close attention to how people's communication habits take shape in distinct social milieux and across generations. Thoughtful, smart, and original, The Parent App is one of those rare books that genuinely speaks to the academy as well as broader audiences who will be relieved to put down their smartphones and pick up this terrific volume." --Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology, New York University

"In this strongly argued book, Lynn Schofield Clark's thoughtful empirical investigations illuminate the often confused and contradictory responses of society, parents, and scholars towards the fast-changing digital environment in which our children are growing up."
--Sonia Livingstone, author of Children and the Internet

"Clark's research and richly textured interviews yield tips that can help parents use social media to cope with work-family stresses in ways compatible with their particular values and needs. This thoughtful book challenges doomsday predictions about the impact of digital technology on individuals but offers disturbing evidence that the current organization and context of social media may exacerbate rather than reduce social differences." --Stephanie Coontz, author, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

"Clark's treatment reflects her dual role as researcher and mother and will be of interest to both scholars and parents." --Library Journal

"Clark offers an impressive treatise on mobile technologies and the changing dynamics of family communication in the digital age... Writing in an inviting prose style, Clark effectively manages to seamlessly engage readers from her dual perspective as a parent and scholar, and she convincingly outlines the myriad ways in which digital technologies are redefining how families communicate in their daily lives. Her data are fresh, the presentation is accessible, and the argumentation is sound." --CHOICE

"In highly accessible prose, Clark tells a series of engaging stories that illustrate the complex issue of how family members interact with each other as they make their way in a brave new world of mobile and digital media. ...the book contains numerous sections which could easily be excerpted for discussions of both the perceived aptness of the characterization of social class differences and the perceived appropriateness of particular teenage behavior and parental responses." --Contemporary Sociology