How do people have relationships when they are apart, or develop them when they’ve never even met? From MySpace and weblogs to romance and sexuality, this book draws together a range of studies on «remote relationships», investigating the intricate, intimate ways that people forge connections online. The term ‘remote’ refers to the technologies that facilitate forms of communication, and also underlines the lack of physicality involved in these relationships, developed at a distance. Using empirical data, these collected essays explore a wide variety of relationships, examining the methodological and ethical issues that researchers face.
Remote Relationships in a Small World, part of a new generation of online studies, responds to the need for research that focuses on social relationships.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. VIII, 296 pp.
Contents: Jayne Armstrong: Researching DIY Grrrl (E)Zine Culture: A Methodological and Ethical Account – Andrea J. Baker/Monica
T. Whitty: Researching Romance and Sexuality Online: Issues for New and Current Researchers – Janet Finlay/Lynette Willoughby:
Exploring Online Learning Relationships: A Case Study in Higher Education – Simeon J. Yates/Eleanor Lockley: Moments of Separation:
Gender, (Not So Remote) Relationships, and the Cell Phone – Natilene Bowker: Participating in the World (Wide Web): Social
Connections for People with Disabilities – Samantha Holland/Julie Harpin: «It’s Only MySpace»: Teenagers and Social Networking
Online – Lilia Efimova/Andrea Ben Lassoued: On How Relationships Develop via Weblogs: A Co-constructed Narrative – Naomi Rosh
White/Peter B. White: Remote Relationships as Theatre: Travellers and Group E-mails – Rhiannon Bury: Remotely Embodied Friendships
in Female Fan Communities – Jonathan Paul Marshall: Cybermind: Paradoxes of Gender and Relationship in an Online Group – David
Jacobson: «Two Levels of Personal»: The Cultural Context of Intimacy in Instant Messaging – Dennis D. Waskul/Phillip Vannini:
Ludic and Ludic(rous) Relationships: Sex, Play, and the Internet – Sarah Earle/Keith Sharp: Online Relations between the Men
Who Pay for Sex – Marcus Wigan: A Remote Marriage: The Theory and Practice of Being Apart and Staying Together.