Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss

ISBN : 9780190634971

Kathleen M. Cumiskey; Larissa Hjorth
354 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Haunting Hands looks closely at the consequences of digital media's ubiquitous presence in our lives, in particular the representing, sharing, and remembering of loss. From Facebook tribute pages during public disasters to the lingering digital traces on a smartphone of the deceased, the digital is both extending earlier memorial practices and creating new ways in which death and loss manifest themselves. The ubiquity of digital specters is particularly evident in mobile media spanning smartphones, iPads, iPhones, or tablets. Mobile media entangle various forms of social, online and digital media in specific ways that are both intimate and public, and yet the use of mobile media in contexts of loss has been relatively overlooked. Haunting Hands seeks to address this growing and important area by helping us to understand the relationship between life, death, and our digital after-lives.


List of Figures
Chapter 1 Introduction to mobile media and loss
Chapter 2 Co-present reconstructions of death, loss and mourning
Section I: Mobile-emotive rituals
Chapter 3 Companionship
Chapter 4 Affirmation and intensification
Chapter 5 Transitions and letting go
Section II: Ghosts in the mobile
Chapter 6 The selfie affect in disasters
Chapter 7 Open channeling and continuity
Chapter 8 Conclusion: mobilizing death


Kathleen M. Cumiskey is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of Staten Island - City University of New York. Since 2003, Cumiskey has studied the social psychological consequences of the use of mobile media. Her work has been published in multiple journals (Feminist Media Studies, Media Asia) and as chapters in edited volumes (The Handbook of Psychology of Communication Technology; The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media). She is also the co-editor, with Larissa Hjorth, of the volume, Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics: The Challenge of Being Seamlessly Mobile (Routledge, 2013).; Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Professor in the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. Hjorth studies the socio-cultural dimensions of mobile media and play in the Asia-Pacific as outlined in her books, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (2009), Games & Gaming (2010), Online@AsiaPacific (with M. Arnold, 2013), Understanding Social Media (with S. Hinton, 2013) and Gaming in Locative, Social and Mobile Media (with I. Richardson, 2014). She recently co-edited The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (with G. Goggin, 2014) and The Routledge Handbook to New Media in Asia (with O. Khoo, 2016).