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1st Edition

A Networked Self and Love

Edited By

Zizi Papacharissi

ISBN 9781138722552
Published June 12, 2018 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

We fall in love every day, with others, with ideas, with ourselves. Stories of love excite us and baffle us. This volume is about love and the networked self. It focuses on how love forms, grows, or dissolves. Chapters address how relationships of love develop, are sustained or broken up through technologies of expression and connection. Authors explore how technologies reproduce, reorganize, or reimagine our dominant rituals of love. Contributors also address what our experiences with love teach us about ourselves, others, and the art of living. Every love story has a beginning and an end. Technology does not give love the kiss of eternity; but it can afford love new meaning.

Table of Contents


Zizi Papacharissi

Calling the Irrational Unmanageable Neoliberal Self

Ilana Gershon

Channel navigation in interpersonal communication: Contemporary practices and proposed future research directions

Penny Trieu and Nicole Ellison

Interpersonal Dynamics in Online Dating: Profiles, Matching, and Discovery

David M. Markowitz, Jeffrey T. Hancock, and Stephanie Tong

Connection, Conflict, and Communication Technologies: How Romantic Couples use the Media for Relationship Management

Catalina L. Toma

Social Media and Subjective Well-Being: A Relational Perspective

Samuel Hardman Taylor and Natalya N. Bazarova

Break-ups and the limits of encoding love

Bernie Hogan

Technologically Enhanced Dating: Augmented Human Relationships, Robots and Fantasy

Brittany Davidson, Adam Joinson, and Simon Jones

Mobilizing the Biopolitical Category: Problems, devices and designs in the construction of the gay sexual marketplace

Kane Race

"How angels are made." Ashley Madison and the Social Bot Affair

Tero Karppi

Disruptive Joy: #BlackOutDay’s Affirmative Resonances

Alexander Cho

Am I Why I Can’t Have Nice Things? A Reflection on Personal Trauma, Networked Play, and Ethical Sight

Whitney Phillips

On Love and Touch: The Radical Haptics of Gestational Surrogacy

Margaret Schwartz

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Shaka McGlotten

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Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, including Affective Publics, A Private Sphere, A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010) and over 60 journal articles, book chapters or reviews. She is the founding and current editor of the open access journal Social Media and Society.


"Gathering a dozen different angles on how technology and relationships are interwoven, this delightful book reveals the inconsistent and complicated ways in which love manifests - or is crushed - in contemporary society and how technology introduces countless new twists and turns to an already curvy path. Filled with heartbreak and passionate joy, A Networked Self and Love is a refreshing take on technology’s role in the intimate parts of society."

— danah boyd, Microsoft Research + Data & Society



"Like media, love is everywhere. This volume brings love back into the field of media studies - where it belongs. I'm loving it!" – Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam