[Air-L] New Book: Migration and New Media: transnational families and polymedia

Mirca Madianou mm499 at leicester.ac.uk
Fri Feb 10 08:06:04 PST 2012

- apologies for cross-posting -  

Subscribers to this list may be interested in the publication of the following book: 

Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia

by Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller 

Published by Routledge (US: January 2012; UK: November 2011) 

Paperback: 978-0-415-67929-9
Hardback: 978-0-415-67928-2

How do parents and children care for each other when they are separated because of migration? The way in which transnational families maintain long-distance relationships has been revolutionised by the emergence of new media such as email, instant messaging, social networking sites, webcam and texting. A migrant mother can now call and text her left-behind children several times a day, peruse social networking sites and leave the webcam on for 12 hours, achieving a sense of co-presence. 

Drawing on a long-term ethnographic study of prolonged separation between migrant mothers and their children who remain in the Philippines, Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia, by Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller, develops groundbreaking theory for understanding both new media and the nature of mediated relationships.

New media, understood as an emerging environment of polymedia, have become integral to the way family relationships and emotions are enacted and experienced. The theory of polymedia extends beyond the poignant case study and is developed as a major contribution for understanding the interconnections between digital media and interpersonal relationships.

"An exemplary and groundbreaking study, with contributions to theory and our understanding of polymedia in everyday life, this stands out as an extraordinary read on the technology of relationships." - Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

"This fascinating, richly detailed book investigates the role that fluency across multiple digital platforms plays in enabling mothering and caring to be sustained at a distance. A genuine breakthrough." - Nick Couldry, Goldmiths, University of London, UK

Request a complimentary e-inspection copy

Request a complimentary e-inspection copy 

Dr. Mirca Madianou
Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies 
Department of Media and Communication 
University of Leicester 
2.01 Bankfield House 
132 New Walk 
Leicester LE1 7JA

Email: mm499 at le.ac.uk
Tel. 0116 223 1619
New Book: Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia (with Daniel Miller): http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415679299/

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