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Networked intimacies: Pandemic dis/connections between anxiety, joy, and laughter
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6047-4369
2021 (English)In: Disentangling: The Geographies of Digital Disconnection / [ed] André Jansson; Paul Adams, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, p. 273-294Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter zooms in on transformations of intimacy and relational spaces in a time of a viral, global crisis. Set against the backdrop of “social distancing” practices, the chapter opens with a discussion of digital intimacy, focusing on the layering of anxiety and anticipation within networked connectivity. Secondly, it moves on to discuss how such anticipatory anxiety may become punctuated by pleasure and joy. Considering the dynamics between physical disconnection and digital intensity within pandemic hookup practices, it explores in particular instances of quarantine humor in queer hookup cultures. This humor stems from impossibly contradictory spaces of self-isolation, desire, and longing, in relation to which the swiftness of the swipe is transformed into a disconnect in the shape of a delay. The chapter ends with an example of Swedish, queer quarantine humor and a discussion of partial disconnections, or selective connectivity in difficult times in the interest of self-care.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. p. 273-294
Keywords [en]
anxiety, anticipation, COVID-19, digital intimacy, networked connectivity, pandemic hookup cultures, pleasure, queer quarantine humor
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Media Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46742DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197571873.003.0012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85133099402ISBN: 9780197571873 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-46742DiVA, id: diva2:1611658
Available from: 2021-11-15 Created: 2021-11-15 Last updated: 2022-11-03Bibliographically approved

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