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Women "doing selfies": reflexivity and norm negotiation in the production and circulation of digital self-portraits
Author/s: Chiara Piazzesi , Catherine Lavoie Mongrain 
Year:  2019 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  17 Pg. 95-111 FullText PDF:  235 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SP2019-003005
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Selfies are a specific, wide-spread form of self-expression on social networking sites. Media, specialists and general discourse have criticized this form of digital visual culture, usually characterized as narcissistic and superficial. Criticism is particularly harsh when selfie-takers are women. In order to question this dismissive conception of women’s practices as self-centered and naïve, our paper provides insights into women’s motivation, attitudes, experiences and strategies while "doing selfies". Our discussion is based on a 2-year qualitative study on a small sample Canadian women taking and sharing selfies. We argue that "doing selfies" is a carefully reflected practice, involving awareness of social norms of acceptability and visibility for women’s bodies, as well as direct and indirect experience of implications of exposure and connection-building online.
Keywords: Selfies; Social Networking Sites; Reflexivity; Norm Negotiation; Women.

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Chiara Piazzesi , Catherine Lavoie Mongrain, in "SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI" 3/2019, pp. 95-111, DOI:10.3280/SP2019-003005


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