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Haunting HandsMobile Media Practices and Loss$
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.001.0001

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Introduction to Mobile Media and Loss

Introduction to Mobile Media and Loss

(p.1) 1 Introduction to Mobile Media and Loss
Haunting Hands

Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we outline some of the discussions around the role of memory, mobile media, and culturally specific notions of grief. We then focus on the key characteristics of mobile media practices that recalibrate particular forms of intimacy through a sense of a networked public that makes intimate the fabric of what it means to be a public. We discuss the methods deployed in the book and then finish with a roadmap for the particular cartographies of mobile media loss. Far from being exhaustive, Haunting Hands seeks to provide some nuanced understandings of the complex, dynamic, and rapidly changing role of mobile media in processes of loss as part of a broader context of technological, cultural, social, linguistic, and generational shifts.

Keywords:   mobile media, loss, intimacy, memory, memorialization, grief, public

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