Skyping the Family

Interpersonal video communication and domestic life

| Lancaster University, England
| Telecom ParisTech, Nice-Sophia-Antipolis
| Telecom ParisTech, Paris
ISBN 9789027203496 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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ISBN 9789027262240
This collection is one of the first in-depth studies of video calling in family and domestic life. It explores the reasons that people themselves provide to explain their video calling, investigates how these reasons make that calling accountable and how, in turn, these reasons come to be things talked about in the calls themselves. The research shows how video calling is part of the currency of contemporary family affection: such calls are not just about keeping in touch, they are a way of loving too; and they are sometimes a way of fighting as well. 'Skyping' or 'Facetiming' might be frequent and can seem mundane – just a question of routine – but what they entail is a measure of important things to families. This makes this collection of interest to anyone concerned with family life and the evolving ways in which technology has a role in it.

Originally published as a special issue of Pragmatics 27:3 (2017).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 103]  2019.  v, 177 pp.
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Table of Contents
Interpersonal video communication as a site of human sociality
Richard Harper, Rod Watson and Christian Licoppe
The ‘interrogative gaze’: Making video calling and messaging ‘accountable’
Richard Harper, Sean Rintel, Rod Watson and Kenton O’Hara
Skype appearances, multiple greetings and ‘coucou’: The sequential organization of video-mediated conversation openings
Christian Licoppe
Talking about things: Image-based topical talk and intimacy in video-mediated family communication
Moustafa Zouinar and Julia Velkovska
Showing ‘digital’ objects in web-based video chats as a collaborative achievement
Laura Rosenbaun and Christian Licoppe
The Skype paradox: Homelessness and selective intimacy in the use of communications technology
Richard Harper, Rod Watson and Jill Palzkill Woelfer
Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019017838 | Marc record