Becoming a Parent in a Digitized Age: The Mediatized Conditions of the Transition to Parenthood

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This paper presents the results of a comparative case study on the role of digital media in the lives of Danish first-time parents (2012-15). Findings show that key practices in the transition to parenthood are closely entwined with digital media use e.g. announcing pregnancy and birth, sharing news from the new family life, building parental family ties or seeking advice and guidance. On this basis, the presentation argues that digital media have become involved in framing and shaping expectations, social roles and rituals in this pivotal, first phase of family life. The characteristics and consequences of these mediatized conditions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year25 Sep 2015
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 25 Sep 2015
EventInternational Research Seminar New Directions in Mediatization Research - University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 1 Oct 20152 Oct 2015


ConferenceInternational Research Seminar New Directions in Mediatization Research
LocationUniversity of Copenhagen

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