Researching New Media and Social Diversity in Later Life

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As societies are ageing and mediatising at the same time, it becomes both timely and relevant to develop particular perspectives on the role and meaning of media for older people. The diversity and inequality in the lived experience of the ageing population in the new media environment constitutes a blind spot in current research. In this essay we bring literatures of (cultural) ageing studies, and (new) media studies into conversation with each other by asking what future directions for research on older people and their media lives from the particular perspective of social diversity could be. We propose three key interventions: developing a focus on social stratification and inequality broadly conceived; designing research with a life course perspective rather than reducing people to age groups; and focusing empirical work on media repertoires looking at the various ways people ‘do’ media.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Media & Society
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)399-412
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Ageing, digital divide, life course, media theory, media use, mediatization, social stratification

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