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Mediating the presence of others: reconceptualising co-presence as mediated intimacy

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 and Cefai, Sarah (2017) Mediating the presence of others: reconceptualising co-presence as mediated intimacy. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22 (3). pp. 291-308. ISSN 1367-5494

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1367549417743040


Drawing insight from queer and media studies, this article analyses data from the UK study Adults’ Media Lives. The authors claim that this study reveals the significance of people’s intimate relationships to their media practices, highlighting in particular how people’s media practices mediate the ‘presence’ of others. The authors put forward the concept of mediated intimacy to capture both the cultural intimacy people have with media and the mediation of intimacy by media practices. Mediating intimacy has implications for normative conceptions of intimate life, including the significance of ‘time’ to the values of ‘home’ and ‘work’.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:19

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