Chapter nine

The media in everyday family life:

Some biographical and typological aspects

Jan-Uwe Rogge


It is a Sunday afternoon like any other in the Smith family: Robert Smith, aged 45, a truck driver; his wife Mary Smith, aged 40; and their three children Uwe, aged 5, Anna, aged 7, and Petra, aged 9. The family lives in a three-bedroom apartment.

I met Anna while doing some field research at a kindergarten. The children were asked to draw a picture portraying Sunday afternoon at home. The focal point in Anna's picture was the dominant father, sitting next to mother on the sofa with the three children in front of him, pressed up against his knees. On the table was the Sunday “coffee and cake,” and in the background, out of perspective, ...

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