I am, by no means, an expert researcher. Although there are days when I can think of nothing I would rather do than lock myself in a room with an unending pot of coffee and read grammars, articles, commentaries, and other similar works on the Hebrew Bible I have not yet had the opportunity to do that. Indeed, at some point I’d need to come out of my room to talk to students (read: adolescents, read: teenagers) about what I’ve been learning. It would be a truly great existence. However, that isn’t the existence that I have. Not that I mind overmuch. But I digress.
I have just had my paper topic fully approved for my Anthropology course. I will be writing on “Technology’s Interaction with Adolescent Identity.” I realized from the start that the topic was quite broad, but I narrowed it down to three areas – The Internet, Video Games, and Cell Phones. I further subdivided those areas into Social Networking and Instant Messaging, Online Multiplayer Videogames and “local” multiplayer video games. However, I’m finding to my utter and complete horror that there is painfully little research on this topic. There is plenty of research on video game violence. Obviously a lot on adolescent identity. A smidgen on technology and adolescents. But very little connecting these areas. I did find a dissertation from TEDS, and a MA Thesis from Florida Institute of Technology. Also, several dissertations from South Africa. I’ve also found a few books and a couple articles that I actually have access to. I’ve managed to get my hands on three of the books through interlibrary loan.
I do understand that I could just change my paper topic. But I’m actually extremely interested in this topic. So, if anyone out there who happens to read my blog knows of some books, articles, reports, memos, interviews, or anything else that might prove useful to me I’d love to hear about them.
As for articles, I’ve found the following:
- Journal of Youth Ministry Fall 2002 “Entering Their World: A qualitative look at the changing face of contemporary adolescence” Chapman R. Clark
- Theological Education Issue 1, 2005 “What Does all this (technology) mean for the Church?”
- Theological Education Issue 2, 2005″What does all this (technology) mean for the Church? –a response” Michael G. Bausch
- Journal of Theology for Southern Africa March 2005 “The Church and the Culture of the Networked World” Stuart C. Bate
- Journal of Youth Ministry Spring 2003 “Identity Formation and the Challenge of Individuation in Youth Ministry” Malan Nel
So, anything not listed above I’d love to hear about.