Researching Intimacies and New Media: Methodological Opportunities and Challenges

Katherine Harrison, Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø

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Researching intimacies and new media encompasses a wide variety of intersecting practices and relationships. This special issue presents contributions from researchers who are investigating practices of intimacy mediated either wholly or in part through new media in which a variety of different methodological opportunities and challenges are highlighted and discussed. Existing research has addressed different combinations of new media, intimacy, and methodology, but there remains space for a dedicated focus on the ways in which these areas are interrelated and entangled. The articles in this special issue build up a conversation around this particular intersection from a range of directions, from reflections on specific technological devices/apps and their promotion of particular forms of intimacies that may lead to (dis)comfort and (dis)connection, to the intimate—and sometimes risky—investments in research processes and fieldwork, as well as the ethical frameworks and decision-making processes guiding the research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Systems, Social aspects
  • Media Studies

Free keywords

  • intimacy
  • mediated intimacies
  • new media
  • online/internet methodologies


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