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Disconnection as distinction: A Bourdieusian study of where people withdraw from digital media
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6309-2315
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6121-645x
2021 (English)In: Disentangling: The Geographies of Digital Disconnection / [ed] Jansson, A. & Admas, P. C., New York: Oxford University Press, 2021, p. 61-90Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Disconnecting from digital media is often mentioned in the public debate as a way of improving quality of life, productivity, sustainability, and so forth. However, not everyone can afford to disconnect, and media morality varies across social space. Based on data from a national Swedish survey (2019), this chapter applies correspondence analysis and a Bourdieusian theoretical framework to chart the extent to which different social groups prioritize disconnecting in different places, and the forms of digital unease associated with smartphone use. Such preferences are mapped onto a social space constructed around the distribution of economic and cultural capital in Swedish society, also illuminating how disconnection practices correspond to other lifestyle practices. The analysis reveals that the handling of digital (dis)connection (in different places) plays into overarching patterns of taste and cultural distinction. As such, disconnection manifests as an emerging moral-symbolic battleground in affluent societies.

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New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. p. 61-90
Keywords [en]
digital disconnection, place, distinction, media morality, smartphone, social space, Bourdieu, correspondence analysis
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-96607ISBN: 9780197571910 (electronic)ISBN: 9780197571873 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-96607DiVA, id: diva2:1794243
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Anne-Marie and Gustaf Anders Foundation for Media ResearchAvailable from: 2023-09-05 Created: 2023-09-05 Last updated: 2023-09-07Bibliographically approved

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