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‘It’s changed my life’: iPhone as technological artefact


Carrington, V, It's changed my life': iPhone as technological artefact, Discourse and Digital Practices: Doing discourse analysis in the digital age, Routledge, RH Jones, A Chik and C Hafner (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 158-174. ISBN 978-1-138-02232-4 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]


This chapter is positioned in the new literacy studies (Street 1984, 1995) and it views literacies as multiple and changing social practices and identities around a diversity of textual forms. From this vantage point, it is interested in developing a sociomaterial understanding of the ways in which mobile phones are impacting on the ways in which young people conceptualise their engagements with the everyday and develop and deploy a range of identity and textual practices. It builds an object ethnography (Carrington and Dowdall 2013; Fowles 2006) in relation to a technological artefact – an iPhone – owned and used by Roxie, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-European adolescent living in a large European city, and draws from Ihde (1990, 1993, 2009) and Verbeek’s (2005, 2006b) work around a postphenomenology of technology to sketch the broader implications of Roxie’s close involvement with her iPhone. Roxie was interviewed as part of a larger study of young people from twelve to nineteen years of age and their phone use; however, the chapter argues that her particular engagement with her iPhone draws attention to interesting issues related to discourses of identity, technology and space and, as a corollary, the contexts in which young people develop a range of literate practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Carrington, V (Professor Victoria Carrington)
ID Code:144454
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-25
Last Modified:2021-07-29

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