Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communications

The Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication (SSSMC) is intended to facilitate the international advancement of cross-disciplinary mobile communication studies. It is intended to serve as a resource and to support a network of scholarly research as to the social consequences of mobile communication.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CFP:“Digital parenting"

Call for chapters proposal: “Digital parenting"

The book Digital parenting: the challenges for families in the digital age focuses on the opportunities and challenges of digital media for families and changing parenting practices.

Families with young children are usually early and enthusiastic adopters of new technologies, which, in turn shape the family’s communication practices and media consumption habits. The appropriation of digital media into families’ everyday lives is influenced by parenting styles or ethics (Clark, 2013). While providing means for remote parenting and coordinating family life, new technologies pose new challenges to parents, as the practice of sharenting – the oversharing of children’s pictures and personal information (see Blum-Ross & Livingstone, 2017) - and the increasing reliance on the internet and parenting apps for (health) advice, well exemplify.

The pervasiveness of the internet and mobile media is giving rise to an emergent form of parenting, called “transcendent parenting” (Lim, 2016), whereby parents are faced with the challenges of transcending online-offline social interactions, the multi-media and multimodal environments, and the “timeless time” of parenting. Parents are variously equipped to face the increasing complexity of the digital world and its social and developmental consequences.
The book will explore how socio-economic differences, parenting cultures and parent’s imaginaries, all play a part in shaping the extent to which parents can navigate the contemporary internet and guide their children’s use. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

    •    Sharenting
    •    Mummy bloggers
    •    Parental imaginaries around the internet/touchscreens
    •    Parental mediation of the internet/mobile media (also through cross-cultural analysis)
    •    Changing parenting cultures
    •    The child effect
    •    Opportunities and challenges of the digital among rural families and/or immigrant families
    •    Parenting across generations, including reverse socialisation: grandparents, parents and children
    •    Digital parenting of children with special needs
    •    Digital parenting and health information

The target audience of this book will be composed by students, media professionals, practitioners and researchers working in the field of education, communication, digital art, children and youth studies, new literacy studies and media and information literacy. Contributions should take into account the diversity of target audience and facilitate flow in reading.

Giovanna Mascheroni, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Sociology of Communication and Culture, Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, Cristina Ponte, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, and Ana Jorge, PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Human Sciences, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal, are the editors.

Publisher: Nordicom - Nordic Information Center for Media and Communication Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Between 3000 and 4000 words

Time Schedule:
Book Description + Call for chapters:  early May 2017
Submission of abstracts (500 words): 1st June 2017
Notification of acceptance/refusal: 1st July 2017
Full chapter submission: 15 October 2017
Editor’s feedback: early January 2018
Submission of final chapter: 28 February 2018
English Proof Reading: April 2018
Graphic Edition: April 2017
Graphic Design: Jul 2018
Print + pdf: September 2018

Submission Guidelines for Nordicom’s Publications will be sent to authors of selected abstracts.

Ana Jorge |
Giovanna Mascheroni |
Cristina Ponte |
For questions regarding Nordicom:
Ingela Wadbring  |