Online community and new family scripts.

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This chapter describes how mothers with donor-conceived children from Denmark, Sweden and Norway connect with each other digitally through Facebook and form an intimate online community. It illustrates how characteristic features of social media sites can ambivalently dilute communication while simultaneously cultivating and upholding it. The chapter provides a platform for continuing historical forms of intimacy and self-disclosure. It also provides a micro perspective of a specific community in which online media have proven important for forming intimacy. The chapter argues that Facebook offers a technological platform that enables an older form of communication and community to continue in contemporary times. It shows that specific situations and circumstances play important roles in the analysis of online communities. The chapter also argues that the women's online knowledge sharing and self-revealing contribute to the narration of new family scripts and ascribe new meanings to otherwise marginal positions as single mothers of donor-conceived children.
TitelMediated Intimacies : Connectivities, Relationalities and Proximities.
RedaktørerRikke Andreassen, Michael Nebeling Petersen, Katherine Harrison, Tobias Raun
Antal sider14
ISBN (Trykt)9781138631861
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315208589
StatusUdgivet - 2018
NavnRoutledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education

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