A Narrative Approach to Social Media Mourning: Small Stories and Affective Positioning, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A Narrative Approach to Social Media Mourning

Small Stories and Affective Positioning, 1st Edition

By Korina Giaxoglou


256 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138286023
pub: 2020-07-21
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This book investigates how social media are reconfiguring dying, death, and mourning. Taking a narrative approach, it argues that dying, death, and mourning are shared online as small stories of the moment, which are organized around transgressive moments and events with motivational, participatory, or connective scope. Through the different case studies discussed, this book presents an empirical framework for analyzing small stories of dying, death and mourning as practices of sharing which become associated with specific modes of affective positioning, i.e. modulations of different degrees of distance or proximity to the death event and the dead, the networked audience(s), and the affective self. The book calls for the study of affect as integral to narrative activity and opens up broader questions about how stories and emotion are mobilized in digital cultures for accruing audiences, value (social or economic), and visibility. It will be of interest to researchers in narrative analysis, the anthropology and sociology of emotion, digital communication, media and cultural studies, and (digital) death and dying.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Histories of mourning

Chapter 3: A small stories approach to digital mourning

Chapter 4 Small stories of illness and dying

Chapter 5 Small stories of everyday mourning

Chapter 6 Small stories of ecstatic mourning

Chapter 7 Visual small stories of distant mourning

Chapter 8 Small stories of mourning and affective positioning


About the Author

Dr Korina Giaxoglou is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English Language at the Open University, UK, where she leads the Health Discourse Research Group. Her research on mourning, narrative, affect and sharing has appeared in edited volumes, special issues, and peer-reviewed journals including Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics Review, Discourse, Context and Media and Social Media +Society.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Narrative, Interaction, and Discourse

Routledge Studies in Narrative, Interaction, and Discourse focuses on new methodological and analytical developments in the study of narrative language, interaction and discourse, across different communication sites, including digital and multimodal contexts. The series is intended to provide a focal point for cutting-edge narrative research primarily in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics but we also welcome interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives, particularly those that relate to domains of practice & policy and matters of public concern. The volumes in the series strike a balance between theoretical and conceptual concerns on the one hand and on the other, empirical, micro-analytic work. The series’ interest is in the full range of narrative data, methods and practices that extend the reach and relevance of narrative analysis beyond rigid definitions and views of narrative.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General