june, 2019

05jun1:00 pm2:00 pmUnderstanding children and young people's privacy?


Event Details

Dr Julian Burton, Rutgers University/YouthLink Scotland
This presentation will address the question of how the nature and meaning of the right to privacy and its exercise are constructed unequally along lines of social privilege, and specifically in relation to age categories. The importance of privacy in both human rights and psychological wellbeing frameworks will be discussed, as well as the ways that unequal distribution of the right to privacy is mobilised against marginalised groups and the harm this causes. The presentation will draw on my ethnographic research on young people’s participation in online communities, and particularly their online social justice activism, to explore how young people experience and respond to structural threats to their privacy and how social, legal, and technological conditions can alternately reinforce or reduce existing inequalities.

Hamide Elif Üzümcü, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
In this presentation, I will talk about children’s privacy within families in Turkey. The concept of privacy will be considered, using two types of approaches by privacy theorists: 1. Managing contact when desired (Altman, 1975; Westin, 1967); 2. Control over access to information (Schoeman, 2007; Petronio, 2002; Wynne, 1976). Drawing on ethnographic data from my ongoing research, I will discuss how children construct boundaries around their privacy with a particular focus on their uses of digital media tools.

This is a joint seminar between Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

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(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Room 1.37, Paterson’s Land

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ