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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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Affirmation and Intensification

Affirmation and Intensification

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Haunting Hands

Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we focus on mobile-emotive rituals of affirmation and intensification. Loss can be viewed as a disruption in identity. Mobile media are used as a means to affirm the role that the deceased played in the bereaved person’s life. Mobile media are also used to intensify connections between people who share a common identity. The mobile phone itself serves as a linking object, in that the lost loved ones can seem as though they are still present. Mobile-emotive rituals are discussed as extensions of traditions and of self. This chapter draws on fieldwork in the United States to demonstrate the ways in which users utilize social and mobile media to express collective social identities and the significance of others.

Keywords:   social identity, loss, mobile media, linking objects, mobile phone, affect, memorialization

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