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Home Curation versus Teenage Photography: Photo Displays in the Family Home

Durrant, A, Frohlich, DM, Sellen, A and Lyons, E (2009) Home Curation versus Teenage Photography: Photo Displays in the Family Home International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 67 (12). pp. 1005-1023.

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In this paper we report an empirical study of the photographic portrayal of family members at home. Adopting a social psychological approach and focusing on intergenerational power dynamics, our research explores the use of domestic photo displays in family representation. Parents and their teenagers from eight families in the south of England were interviewed at home about their interpretations of both stored and displayed photos within the home. Discussions centred on particular photographs found by the participants to portray self and family in different ways. The findings show that public displays of digital photos are still curated by mothers of the households, but with more difficulty and less control than with analogue photos. In addition, teenagers both contribute and comply with this curation within the home, whilst at the same time developing additional ways of presenting their families and themselves online that are ‘unsupervised’ by the curator. We highlight the conflict of interest that is at play within teen and parent practices and consider the challenges that this presents for supporting the representation of family through the design of photo display technology.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Durrant, A
Frohlich, DM
Sellen, A
Lyons, E
Date : December 2009
DOI : 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2009.09.005
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Additional Information : This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, strcutural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was sublitted for publication. A definite v ersion was subsequently published in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 67(12), Dec 2009, DOI 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2009.09.005. Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Dec 2012 12:24
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 15:55

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