Mobile Media Photography and Intergenerational Families

Sinanan, J, Hjorth, L, Ohashi, K and Kato, F 2018, 'Mobile Media Photography and Intergenerational Families', International Journal of Communication, vol. 12, pp. 4106-4122.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Mobile Media Photography and Intergenerational Families
Author(s) Sinanan, J
Hjorth, L
Ohashi, K
Kato, F
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Communication
Volume number 12
Start page 4106
End page 4122
Total pages 17
Publisher University of Southern California * Annenberg Center for Communication
Abstract The visuality of apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp is becoming more apparent, especially as part of emotional work in contemporary relationships. In families, informal intergenerational literacy can be found throughout mobile media practices. Often, the emotional work around these practices remains tacit. In this article, we interrogate the ways in which mobile media photography has become imbricated in making-do practices of maintaining intimacy in intergenerational family contexts. Drawing from literature on mobile media visuality and transnational family relationships, this article considers Arlie Hochschild's emotional labor and "feeling rules" to consider how intergenerational familial genres in Australia and Japan are used to perform contemporary notions of familial intimacy and copresence. The article thus contributes a cross-cultural consideration of Hochschild's emotion work to examine how the circulation of images reveals the ideals of familyhood and aspirations of contemporary Asian families in a multicultural and monocultural context.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) mobile media
camera phones
Copyright notice Copyright © 2018 (Jolynna Sinanan, Larissa Hjorth, Kana Ohashi, and Fumitoshi Kato). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 license.
ISSN 1932-8036
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