New Media Research Workshop: “Youth, New Media, and Social Reproduction”

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Based on in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys with Californian high schools students, the presentation addresses the multifaceted linkages between new media and social reproduction. The talk considers the feedback loops between forms of new media usage and offline social circumstances in a number of life realms relevant to young adults. Special attention is paid to the influence of ICT use on academic performance, college and career planning, and social relationships.

Jeremy Schulz is the Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study. He held an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University’s Center for Economy and Society from 2010 to 2012. He earned his PhD thesis in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the influence of societal environments and cultural contexts on the ways in which Norwegians, the French, and Americans experience and organize family, work, and private life. His article, ‘Zoning the Evening’, received the 2010 Shils–Coleman Award from the American Sociological Association’s theory section. His current research examines the ways in which differently situated individuals handle different kinds of debt. He is particularly interested in stances toward debt tied up with ‘productive’ goods and services such as education and medical care and how these stances intersect with gender and social stratification. Previous publications contribute to theory, qualitative methods, sociology of ideology, and sociology of consumerism. His website is www.jeremyschulz.org. Email: jmschulz@berkeley.edu.