Suspended liminality: Vacillating affects in cyberbullying/research

Kofoed, Jette and Stenner, Paul (2017). Suspended liminality: Vacillating affects in cyberbullying/research. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) pp. 167–182.



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.

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