The Language of Illness and Death on Social Media: An Affective Approach

Carsten Stage
Aarhus University School of Communication and Culture, Denmark

Tina Thode Hougaard
Aarhus University School of Communication and Culture, Denmark


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Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781787694828
Published:
29 Oct 2018
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
152 pages - 129 x 198mm
Series:
Sharing Death Online
This book investigates the language created and used on social media to express and respond to personal experiences of illness, dying and mourning. 

The authors begin by setting out the established and recent research on social and existential media, affect and language, before focusing on Facebook groups dealing with the illness and death of two Danish children. Through these in-depth case studies, they produce insights into different ways of engaging in affective processes related to illness and death on social media, and into both the ritualized and innovative vernacular vocabulary created through these encounters. 

Developing an analytical framework for understanding the social role and logics of "affective language" (such as emojis, interjections and other forms of expressive interactive writing), The Language of Illness and Death on Social Media will be of great interest to all those striving to understand the affective importance and roles of language for sharing experiences of illness, death and commemoration in these spheres.
Chapter 1. Introduction 
Chapter 2. Theoretical framework 
Chapter 3. Forms of affective language 
Chapter 4. Rhythms of affective language 
Chapter 5. Conclusion
Carsten Stage is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. Book publications include Networked Cancer: Affect, Narrative and Measurement (Palgrave/Springer, 2017), Global Media, Biopolitics, and Affect: Politicising Bodily Vulnerability (Routledge, 2015, co-author), Affective Methodologies: Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect (Palgrave, 2015, co-editor). He is co-editor of Conjunctions: Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation and co-director of the research programme Cultural Transformations at Aarhus University. His research deals with illness narratives, affect, social media and participation. 
Tina Thode Hougaard is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. Articles on this topic include "Emojier, interjektioner og affekt – sorg og medfølelse på Facebook" in 16. Møde om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog (2017, Aarhus Universitet), "Interjections, phonetics, and the body", Scandinavian Studies in Language (2018) and "Emojis in the Digital Writings of Young Danes" in Youth language. Current perspectives of International Research (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018, co-author). She is co-editor of Scandinavian Studies in Language and Møde om Udforskning af Dansk Sprog. Her research deals with interaction and use of language in social media.

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