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Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss

Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth


From natural disasters to private funerals, digital media are playing a central role in the documentation and commemoration of shared significant events and individual loss experiences. Yet few studies have fully engaged with the increasing role mobile media play in making meanings related to traumatic events across different individual and collective contexts. Haunting Hands provides the first in-depth study into understanding the role of mobile media in memorialization and bereavement as a cultural and social practice. Throughout the chapters in this book, we explore how mobile devices are b ... More

Keywords: mobile media, mobile phones, cell phones, tablets, selfies, loss, disaster, death, bereavement, death rituals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen M. Cumiskey, author
City University of New York

Larissa Hjorth, author
RMIT University