Mothering Infants in a digital age: Digital delimmas and social interaction

Public and media discourse reveals concern around mothers’ mobile device use and the influence on mother-infant relationships. To date, there are limited empirical understandings of what constitutes mothers’ mobile device use in everyday lives. This study focuses on first-time mothers and their babies to examine the organisation of everyday interactions around mobile device usage, and how first-time mothers account for their everyday digital practices. Data consist of ethnographic observational data, including video data of mother-infant interaction, and mothers’ accounts. A feminist ethnomethodological lens will analyse mothers’ everyday practices around mothering and mobile device usage. Findings aim to understand mothers’ everyday digital practices to provide more nuanced accounts of mother-infant interaction and technology use.

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Professor Susan Danby and Associate Professor Margaret Kettle