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    Emotional streaming and transconnectivity: Skype and emotion practices in transnational families in Ireland

    King O'Riain, Rebecca (2015) Emotional streaming and transconnectivity: Skype and emotion practices in transnational families in Ireland. Global Networks, 15 (2). pp. 256-273. ISSN 1471-0374

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    In this article I explore how transnational families, living in Ireland, use Skype to stay in touch with their loved ones. From 2010 to 2012, data were collected from a purposive, but broad sample of 36 qualitative ethnographic interviews with mixed couples (one partner identifies as Irish and one does not), throughout various parts of the Republic of Ireland. I outline how the use of Skype allows transnational families to create spaces of transconnectivity as they practise simultaneous and ongoing belonging across significant temporal and geographic distances. This affects how people ‘do’ emotions. These emotion practices often consist not only of ‘affect storage’ but also of what I call emotional streaming, promoting ongoing interaction over distance, which includes keeping Skype turned on for long periods of time. Through these attempts to try to recreate everyday practices via continuous use of Skype, transnational emotions of love and longing are deintensified.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Emotions; Technology; ICT; Skype; Copresence; Tansnational Families; Transnational Care;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9037
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    Depositing User: Dr Rebecca King O Riain
    Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 11:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Global Networks
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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