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Children, politics and communicationParticipation at the margins$
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Nigel Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.001.0001

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

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

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(p.167) Nine Keeping connected: textual cohesion and textual selves, how young people stay together online
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Children, politics and communication
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Julia Davies

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0010

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

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