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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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Co-present Reconstructions of Death, Loss, and Mourning

Co-present Reconstructions of Death, Loss, and Mourning

(p.23) 2 Co-present Reconstructions of Death, Loss, and Mourning
Haunting Hands

Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we detail examples of mobile-emotive co-presence practices and some of the multiple ways in which reconstructions of death and afterlife are reframed through the lens of mobile media. We define what we mean by mobile-emotive practices, and further define the ways in which mobile media now companion the bereaved in their loss. We also explore how mobile media magnify both continuities and discontinuities around cultural beliefs, traditions, and rituals surrounding death. We mark the mobile phone as part of broader remediated rituals around grief and loss, and acknowledge death’s emotional impact on mobile media use.

Keywords:   mobile media, loss, co-presence, afterlife, mobile-emotive practices, death rituals

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