Représentations sociales du téléphone portable chez les jeunes adolescents et leur famille : quelles légitimations des usages ?

Abstract : Through which processes is the usage norm of the technical artefact that is the cell phone socially constructed? Based on the family dynamics found in contemporary families, how are the social representations of this interpersonal communication device structured? The method is interdisciplinary, drawing from sociology of family and of usages, as well as the communicational approach. The mobile phone is examined in its social object dimension (usages in public spaces, analysis of public controversies around antennae and the price of an SMS), in its technical object dimension (appropriation), in family mediation (micro-coordination, reassurance and social control), in a friendly (management of social life) as well as in a professional (work relations and conciliation of private and professional lives) network, all of which are studied in relation to consumption practices. Three usages repertoires have been identified: legitimization oriented towards intra-home relations, mixed legitimization, professional and intra-family, and legitimization centred on amicable sociability. The questions of autonomy/dependence and reproduction/evolution of social and/or sexual roles seem central to explaining why mobile/cell phone usages are becoming commonplace. The study is supported by a qualitative survey based on semi-directive interviews conducted with 20 families of young adolescents (of which 6 single-parent families for a total sample of 51 interviews), an analysis of media discourse, and the utilization of various studies available on the subject.
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Corinne Martin. Représentations sociales du téléphone portable chez les jeunes adolescents et leur famille : quelles légitimations des usages ?. Sociologie. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 2004. Français. ⟨NNT : 2004METZ013L⟩. ⟨tel-01750041⟩

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