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The disconnection turn: Three facets of disconnective work in post-digital capitalism
University of Oslo, Norway. (The Geomedia Research Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6309-2315
2021 (English)In: Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, ISSN 1354-8565, E-ISSN 1748-7382, Vol. 27, no 6, p. 1615-1630Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In post-digital capitalism, digital disconnection is not merely a “luxury” but also an obligation. Aiming to re-contextualize digital disconnection outside of digital detox resorts, social media, and elitist activism, this article asks how the ongoing disconnection turn affects how we (think about) work. With cues taken from digital disconnection studies and (digital) work/labour research, I inquire three facets of disconnective work. I elaborate, firstly, what disconnection might mean for work, as I scrutinize ideals pertaining to “deep” and “slow” work. Secondly, I unveil how disconnection may materialize at work, as I inspect “the post-digital workplace” and “disconnective technologies of work.” Thirdly, using “The Post-Digital Housewife” as a rhetorical figure for grasping the daily, typically unpaid, work that the disconnection turn makes acute, I recognize disconnection as work. The article concludes by presenting four dialectics of disconnective work, which serve to remind us of the paradoxical role of disconnection in processes of empowerment and exploitation.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 27, no 6, p. 1615-1630
Keywords [en]
Digital disconnection, disconnectivity, work, labor, media, geomedia, post-digital, capitalism, post-digital housewife
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Media Studies Media and Communication Technology Communication Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-85648DOI: 10.1177/13548565211033382ISI: 000684880000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85112463610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-85648DiVA, id: diva2:1585538
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Intrusive media, ambivalent users, and digital detox (Digitox)
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The Research Council of NorwayAvailable from: 2021-08-17 Created: 2021-08-17 Last updated: 2022-12-08Bibliographically approved

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