Kinetic Élites: The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 5844000 SEK


The academic fascination with flows and networking that has long permeated globalization theory must be countered, and complemented, by a deeper scrutiny of the enduring significance of phenomena such as strong ties, spatial attachments, love, intimacy, and other forms of socio-emotional commitments that saturate seemingly liquidized lifeworlds. Especially, the multiple significance of digital/networked media is to be further problematized from such a perspective. The aim of the project is to illuminate the role of media and ICTs for sustaining close relationships and a sense of social belonging under everyday conditions that involve high levels of mobility and potentially fractured ties with family and friends. The focus of the study will be on certain mobile élite groups within the fields of (1) corporate business, (2) international development/diplomacy, and (3) academia. In the three élite groups we will study two types of household conditions, mobile families and return migrants, applying qualitative, phenomenologically oriented methods, such as interviews and diaries. Taking the meta-processes of globalization and mediatization as the structural contexts of our project, the theoretical approach integrates four perspectives: (a) the mobilities paradigm; (b) global media studies; (c) social phenomenology, and (d) social field theory. The project will be linked to an international network of scholars within the field of global media and transnational mobility studies.

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