`Like Immigrants'

  title={`Like Immigrants'},
  author={Rivka Ribak},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  pages={220 - 238}
  • Rivka Ribak
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Art, Sociology
  • New Media & Society
This article explores the father-son-computer triangle in an attempt to shed light on the role of the machine in the articulation of male identity in particular, and family relationships in general. The article outlines a framework for the investigation of families and domestic communication technologies, arguing that the study of identity construction through the medium must be accompanied by a study of the relationships around the medium; and that men and boys need to be (re)incorporated into… 
In many parts of the developed world, families engage with a wide range of communication media as a part of their daily lives. Parents often express mixed feelings about this engagement on the part
Balancing Religion, Technology and Parenthood: Indonesian Muslim Mothers’ Supervision of Children’s Internet Use
As technology adoption accelerates in Indonesia, the growing use of the internet by children has triggered moral panics and led to calls for greater parental mediation of children’s internet use.
The adult–child coach in television commercials
This article reflects upon the cultural logic of television commercials in which children promote products for adult use. Studies of ads that assume traditional family structures inform our
Multiply-mediated households : Space and power reflected in everyday media use
This study investigates how contemporary Australian families incorporate the consumption of multiple media technologies within their home environments. It uses an approach similar to David Morley's
Family characteristics and intergenerational conflicts over the Internet
The rapid expansion of computer use and Internet connection has the potential to change patterns of family interaction, with conflicts arising over adolescents' autonomy, parental authority and
Children's Use of the Internet: Reflections on the Emerging Research Agenda
This article identifies and evaluates the emerging research agenda, focusing particularly on children and young people, and notes areas of theoretical consensus and uncertainty framing the research agenda in this field.
Technobiography: Researching Lives, Online and Off
This article is an argument for technobiography, a term coined in Cyborg Lives? Women's Technobiographies, a collection I coedited in 2001. I outline what technobiography is, and how, by allowing
Drawing Conclusions from New Media Research: Reflections and Puzzles Regarding Children's Experience of the Internet
Findings from UK Children Go Online, a multimethod research project examining the role of the Internet in children's and young people's everyday lives, are reviewed and reflecting upon to draw out some general conclusions to guide future research.
The Complexities of the Role of Children in the Process of Technology Transmission Among Disadvantaged Families: A Mixed-Methods Approach
Using mixed methods that triangulated survey data with interviews and focus groups, this study explores the complexities of the process of technology transmission from children to parents in


Through the Eyes of Children: Youths' Perceptions and Evaluations of Maternal and Paternal Roles*
Although scholars have called for greater inclusion of children's understandings in sociological research, most studies of family roles and relationships are still adult-centered. In this paper we
Couples Watching Television: Gender, Power, and the Remote Control
I sought to confirm that partners in close relationships "do gender" (West & Zimmerman, 1987) and exercise power (Komter, 1989) even in their ordinary everyday behavior and specifically in their
Computers And The Family Life: A Family Development Perspective*
There remains little doubt that computer technology will increasingly pervade the lives of individuals, institutions and societies in the future. The last ten years has witnessed a dramatic and
Internet paradox. A social technology that reduces social involvement and psychological well-being?
Greater use of the Internet was associated with declines in participants' communication with family members in the household, declines in the size of their social circle, and increases in their depression and loneliness.
Social class, temporal orientation, and mass media use within the family system
This article examines the impact of social class on the relationship between ideologies of time and mass media use within the family system. Lengthy observations and in‐depth interviews with 21
Remote mothering and the parallel shift: Women meet the cellular telephone
New technologies could have a positive impact on women's lives because of their potential to disrupt old social and political conventions. Using the recent development of the cellular telephone as an
The Changing Culture of Fatherhood in Comic‐Strip Families: A Six‐Decade Analysis
A content analysis of 490 Father's Day and Mother's Day comic strips published from 1940 to 1999 indicates that the culture of fatherhood has fluctuated since World War II. "Incompetent" fathers
Displacement Effects of Online Media in the Socio-Technical Contexts of Households
This study investigated the impact of online media on other media and family communication. Data gathered from 185 persons in 84 households indicate that time spent in television viewing, newspaper
Nattering on the Net: Women, Power and Cyberspace
From the Publisher: Dale Spender examines the multimedia boom and its implications in the areas of class, race and gender. She asks: "Will the Internet create virtual sisterhood and how can we use
Introduction Twentieth-Century Apocalypse: Forecasts and Aftermaths
We are all haunted by visions that we are trying in vain to put out of our minds. Robert Jungk (3) You loved the scenes, didn't you, when I first showed you them? A flat-out fascination with the