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Haunting HandsMobile Media Practices and Loss$
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.001.0001

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Companionship

Companionship

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(p.49) 3 Companionship
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Haunting Hands
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.003.0003

In this chapter we investigate the shifting role of memorialization through case studies of individual usage of mobile and social media. The mobile phone, now an active part of everyday life for many, provides a pivotal role in the construction and maintenance of memorialization. We explore how the sense of co-presence generated through use of mobile-emotive rituals and practices can be experienced as a form of companionship and continuing bond. Drawing on fieldwork done predominantly in Australia, this chapter considers how the mobile phone can facilitate a kind of constant companionship that can be a lifesaver in times of extreme emotional suffering, and can assist users in practical as well as affective aspect of the grieving process.

Keywords:   mobile rituals, memorialization, mobile-emotive companionship, Facebook, mobile phone, co-presence, grieving process

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