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Gammalt möter nytt: En analys av ålderspensionärers digitala skriftpraktiker
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
2014 (Swedish)In: Vernacular Literacies: Past, Present and Future / [ed] Ann-Catrine Edlund, Lars-Erik Edlund, Susanne Haugen, Umeå: Umeå University, Royal Skyttean Society , 2014, 59-75 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a study of four elderly people’s use of computers in vernacular literacy practices (Heath 1999:200; Barton 2007:35–37). Two men and two women from different social and professional backgrounds have participated in the study and the data analyzed consist of participant logs and recorded interviews. The aim is to identify and describe what the participants are doing with their computers. Questions discussed are how participation in digital literacy practices may be connected to age and social situation and what importance experiences from earlier non-digital literacy practices have for elderly people’s use of computers today. Results are, inter alia, that the participants use digital and non-digital tools simultaneously in their vernacular literacy practices, that long-time practices have taken new forms due to digitalization and that new practices have emerged due to digitalization. The study shows examples of how literacy is in constant change and how modern technology add new possibilities to social practices (Barton 2007:50). Users earlier experiences together with their new needs and wishes, due to technology, are constantly reshaping literacy practices.

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Umeå: Umeå University, Royal Skyttean Society , 2014. 59-75 p.
, Vardagligt skriftbruk, ISSN 2000-0405 ; 3
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111767ISBN: 978-91-88466-86-0OAI: diva2:776485
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-05-19Bibliographically approved

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