Theoretical framework

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The framework mixes theories from different disciplines (anthropology, sociology, media studies, and new literacy studies) in order to develop an analysis of latino/youth media practices across three societal realms/arenas. In a series of case studies, I would analyze the diverse kinds of participation, identities, and literacies that latino/hispanic youth develop at home, afterschool, and the internet. My analysis will take into account the different capitals that youth is able to access, gain, or loose as they do media practices, develop literacies, and participate.

Why? in order to provide a deeper understanding of the texture of the media practices that latino/hispanic youth are doing. The thick description of the practices will reveal how the variations of participation across realms are related to an uneven development of literacies, and the lack of cultural, social, and economic capitals.

By developing this framework I hope to grasp part of the complexity and diversity of the latino/hispanic youth digitally mediated everyday life, the interconnection among literacies and their uneven development, and the changes in participation and identities depending on the social realms/arenas/fields or contexts. All of that, between the the specific characteristics of a population of low and middle-low class, of a particular ethnicity and country of origin, and with specific volumes of capitals.


  • Carpentier
  • Jenkins
  • Lave & Wenger : learning as changing patterns of participation in communities of practice.
  • Wenger
  • Benkler
  • Shirky
  • Burns
  • Kelty
  • Livingston et al.
  • Ito et al.

Youth and digital media

Youth and technological change

learning outside of school

  • Ito et al. 2010
  • Jenkins 2006, 2009
  • Gee 2004, 2007

social network sites

  • boyd
  • Watkins


  • Buckingham
  • Sefton-Green

home environment

  • Livingston

Media Practices and the Practice Turn

  • Couldry
  • Tchasky

New Literacy Studies

this could also be explained as addressing the relationship between language, literacy and sociocultural practices. a group of scholars from different disciplines: linguistics, anthropology, history, education, and other areas. Literacy as a sociocultural phenomenon. Read and write with the values and practices of different social and cultural groups. "Ways in which people socioculturally organize themselves to engage in activities." Different social, institutional, cultural, and historical contexts of use and different effects.

  • Gee 1990, 2000
  • New London Group
  • Street 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005
  • Lave and Wenger, 1991
  • Wneger 1998

Media literacy

  • Buckingham 2003
  • Livingstone 2004

Digital Literacies, New literacies, Internet literacies

  • Lankshear and Knobel
  • Jenkins et al. 2006
  • Hargittai 2010

Networked culture and media environment

digital devices, the internet, the web 2.0.

  • Jenkins
  • Benkler
  • Varnelis

Digital Divides and Gaps

  • J. van Dijk
  • Jenkins
  • Watkins
  • Seiter
  • Hargitai


  • Bourdieu
  • Seiter

Latino/hispanic population in the USA

An specific segment of the population. Mexican origin immigrants.

  • Statistical data about demography, media consumption, internet.

Media Tech brokerism

  • De La Peña and Orellana 2007
  • Orellana
  • Katz
  • Sánchez and Salazar 2012

digital tech and latino youth

  • Tripp 2011
  • Tripp and Herr-Stephenson 2009