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    Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers

    O'Keefe, Linda and Kerr, Aphra (2015) Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers. International Journal of Communication, 9. pp. 3562-3582. ISSN 1932-8036

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    This article explores the relationship between teenagers, mobile media, and public spaces in the city. We use a range of qualitative methods, including interviews, sound walks, sound maps, and photography, to explore how teenagers use mobile media to respond to the visual and sonic landscape of a public space in Dublin, Ireland. This space was a “nonplace” for our contemporary participants from which they felt economically, socially, visually, and aurally excluded. They responded by using mobile media to create safe, centripetal, and meaningful spaces. Our findings underline the role that local soundscapes play in understanding the audio and mobile media practices of teenagers in public spaces.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © 2015 (Linda O Keeffe & Aphra Kerr). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at
    Keywords: public space; nonplace; representational space; soundscape; mobility; sound walking; mobile media;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 7025
    Depositing User: Prof. Aphra Kerr
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 14:34
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Communication
    Publisher: University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Department of Youth and Children Affairs
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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