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Parenting for a Digital FutureHow Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children's Lives$
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Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190874698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190874698.001.0001

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Geek Identities in the Digital Family

Geek Identities in the Digital Family

(p.88) 4 Geek Identities in the Digital Family
Parenting for a Digital Future

Della Rocca

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses families that have most actively embraced the idea of a digital future—self-declared “geeky” children and parents. Although these families are in some ways exceptional, their lives reveal the considerable emotional, financial, and time investment required by the premise—avidly promoted by both the public and private sectors—that the future is digital. But the outcomes remain unknown and are, arguably, riskier than more traditional routes. Families accept these terms, it is suggested, insofar as they see the adoption of a “geeky” identity as offering them a plausible pathway to overcome some unique biographical challenges. However, the authors avoid celebrating them as “positive deviants” even though they may yet benefit from being in the vanguard.

Keywords:   digital parenting practices, geeks, geek culture, gender, positive deviants, vulnerability

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