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Keeping connected: textual cohesion and textual selves, how young people stay together online

Julia Davies

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0010
Keeping connected: textual cohesion and textual selves, how young people stay together online

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This chapter reflects on the ways in which many young people are using the internet as a way of keeping in touch with likeminded others, strengthening existing social ties with those whom they know from face-to-face contact, and also developing new relationships with others whom they only know ‘online’. Its analysis, drawn as it is from the study of literacy as a social practice, uses different methods from the two preceding chapters, but is similar in being centred on close attention to features of actual conversation. It shows how young people use textual devices and affordances as a way of marking out affiliations and shared values, how they often use online arenas to present particular ‘online versions’ of themselves, and how this can help them to collaborate in constructive ways to deal with problems.

Keywords: internet; social ties; online arenas; literacy; social practice; textual devices; affiliations

Chapter.  6484 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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