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Suspended liminality: Vacillating affects in cyberbullying/research

Kofoed, J. and Stenner, Paul (2017). Suspended liminality: Vacillating affects in cyberbullying/research. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) (In Press).

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This paper develops a concept of liminal hotspots in the context of i) a secondary analysis of a cyberbullying case involving a group of school children from a Danish school, and ii) an altered auto-ethnography in which the authors ‘entangle’ their own experiences with the case analysis. These two sources are used to build an account of a liminal hotspot conceived as an occasion of troubled and suspended transformative transition in which a liminal phase is extended and remains unresolved. The altered auto-ethnography is used to explore the affectivity at play in liminal hotspots, and this liminal affectivity is characterised in terms of volatility, vacillation, suggestibility and paradox.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: Authors
ISSN: 1461-7447
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Affectivity And Liminality: Conceptualizing The Dynamics Of Suspended TransitionSCH – SCSSEuropean Science Foundation
Liminal Hotspots: theorising suspended transitionLiminal HotspotsThe Open University (Santander and CCIG)
Extra Information: Contribution was 50/50.
Keywords: cyber-bullying; autoethnography; liminality; affectivity; transition; emotion.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 48099
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 16:46
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:40
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