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Power, Identity and Feelings in Digital Late Modernity: The Rationality of Reflexive Emption Displays Online
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2013 (English)In: Internet & Emotions / [ed] T. Benski & E. Fischer, Routledge, 2013, 17-32 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter highlights practices of emotion display online. The aim is to understand feelings in emerging forms of power relations on social network sites. The starting point is an understanding of society and technology as mutually interdependent in digital late modernity, and that relations of power have taken new forms when overtly hierarchical structures in mass societies morph into what has been described as more horizontal relations in network societies. The chapter concludes that a kind of network logic is disciplining users to identity negotiation, hence the increasing display of emotions and (semi)publicly management of feelings. Since rationalized practices for feeling management previously have been confined to the middle- and upper classes, this might explain why these users are more successful in displaying emotions for resource-enhancing purposes. The kind of emotional reflexivity emerging online will also be discussed in light of what Elias described as the civilization process.

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Routledge, 2013. 17-32 p.
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-244186DiVA: diva2:788017
Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-12 Last updated: 2015-02-28

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