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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter examines face-to-face music sharing practices of schoolchildren in a school in Vermont. It explores how Heartsboro Central School (HCS) students share earbuds with friends as a key social practice for creating and maintaining intimate relationships, social networks, and status hierarchies in school. It argues for reconsidering accepted narratives of music technologies’ role in the privatization of social life in light of observations of children’s practices.

Keywords: children, school, listening, digital media, social media, Vermont, MP3 players, headphones, embodiment, friendship, privatization

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