Writing about the history of technology Kranzburg (1986) famously put forward the contention that ‘Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral’. As digital technologies embed themselves in our everyday practices, and are increasingly what make work, family, relationships and community possible, we are interested in exploring the non-neutral ways in which they do so.
As part of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships’ 5th International Conference, Prof Natasha Mauthner and Dr Karolina Kazimierczak are leading a stream, asking which specific forms of work, family, relationships and communities do new technologies make possible? And which do they exclude? More generally, we are interested in papers which provide commentary of the ways in which emerging technology practice is helping to generate, reinforce or diffuse social, economic and political inequalities. The conference was held in the beautiful, vibrant city of Edinburgh, 13-15 June 2016.
More information on conference streams and keynote speakers here.