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1st Edition

Global Youth in Digital Trajectories

ISBN 9780367884802
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
174 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Youth in Digital Trajectories explores the most recent developments regarding youth and media in a global perspective. Representing an innovative contribution to virtual research methods, this book presents research carried out in areas as diverse as Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Russia, and India. The volume examines which new anthropological, and cultural-historical conditions and changes arise in connection with the widespread presence of digital media in the lives of the networked teens. Indeed, it is highlighted that the differentiation between an offline world and an online world is inapplicable to the lives of most young people.

Exploring youth’s imaginary productions, personal sense-making processes and cross-media dialogues in today’s multimedia worlds, Global Youth in Digital Trajectories will be of particular interest to undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of sociology, anthropology, education studies, media research and cultural studies. It may also appeal to practitioners in social work and schools.

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Table of Contents


Exploring Global Youth in Digital Trajectories

Michalis Kontopodis, Christos Varvantakis & Christoph Wulf

Chapter 1:

Digital Identity Building: A Dialogue with Berlin Technology & Computer Science Students

Nika Daryan & Christoph Wulf

Chapter 2:

Young People, Facebook and Pedagogy: Recognizing Contemporary Forms of Multimodal Text Making

Jeff Bezemer & Gunther Kress

Chapter 3:

Playing Sports with Nintendo Wii in Berlin: Technography, Interactivity & Imagination

Nino Ferrin & Michalis Kontopodis

Chapter 4:

Digital Filmmaking as a Means for the Development of Reflection: A Case Study of a Disabled University Student in Moscow

Olga Rubtsova & Natalya Ulanova

Chapter 5:

Youth Tubing the Greek Crisis: A Cultural-Historical Perspective

Manolis Dafermos, Sofia Triliva and Christos Varvantakis

Chapter 6:

Dove YouTube Campaign "The Pressure on Young Girls & Women to Fit an Artificial Body Ideal": A Sequential Analysis

Alexios Brailas, Giorgos Alexias & Konstantinos Koskinas

Chapter 7:

Youth, Facebook and Mediated Protest in India: A Cross-Media Exploration

Supriya Chotani

Chapter 8:

Enhancing Multimedia Use in State Secondary Schools in São Paulo: Α Critical Collaborative Perspective

Fernanda Liberali, Maria Cecília Magalhães, Maria Cristina Meaney, Camila Santiago, Maurício Canuto, Feliciana Amaral, Bruna Cababe & Jessica Santos

Instead of an Epilogue:

Iconophagy: Impact and Impulses for Global Youth & Education

Norval Baitello jun.

List of Contributors & Biographical Information


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Michalis Kontopodis is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.

Christos Varvantakis is a Research Fellow at the School of Education & Social Work, University of Sussex, UK.

Christoph Wulf is Professor for Anthropology and Education at Free University Berlin, Germany.


"This is a fascinating and thought provoking volume on youth engagement with digital technology and one that is genuinely transnational and transdisciplinary in flavour. Studies of gaming, video production and social media show how new technologies are woven into the lives of young people, supporting their developing sense of agency and civic engagement. An important contribution to the field."

Guy Merchant, Professor of Literacy in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

"In establishing a more balanced approach to childhood and its endorsement of online media, Kontopodis, Varvantakis, and Wulf offer a cross-cultural collective work that may potentially contribute to policy making agendas in addition to contributing to the broader body of research about children and the media."

Despina Chronaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece. Published online: 12 Mar 2019 in Children's Geographies.