I am very delighted and honoured that my chapter on researching transnational family life has been published in the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Mobilities. The excellent book is edited by Monika Buscher, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesseelrin, and Nikolaj Grausland Kristensen. It contains three major sections, including 'Motivations', 'Methods' and 'Applications. It has 38 chapters written by scholars across the globe who are critically engaging with the mobilities lens through various focal points, including as a concept, through methods, and its applicability on diverse contexts and research fields. For a full list of chapters, Click.
In my chapter, I highlight how I have extended the mobilities lens in the context of media and communications. More specifically, I have explored how a critical mediated mobilities perspective can use deployed to examine how transnational families use a wide range of mobile devices and networked communications platforms in forging and sustaining family life at a distance. I have not only presented how multi-sited in-depth interviews and visual methods can be used to unravel the mobile practices of transnational family members. I analyse the data by paying close attention to the effects of the conflation of social and technological forces on the operation of transnational family life. This approach has allowed me to underscore the tensions and ruptures that often reflect the existing politics of mobilising family life at a distance through digital media use.
The book chapter is one of the outcomes of my visit in the Centre for Mobilities Research in Lancaster University (UK) in June 2019. I was there as a Visiting Scholar, presenting my research, developing collaborations and networks, as well as being mentored by mobilities scholars. You can read some of reflections as a scholar on the move through a blog entry that I wrote in CeMoRe's blog. Click.
I am very thankful for the editors of the handbook. They have been very supportive in the completion of each submission. It's such a pleasure to be part of the edited collection, highlighting my contributions on constantly and critically interrogating how a mobilities perspective can be used in understanding and examining a world filled, engendered and constrained by mobile and immobile people, objects, information, media technologies, and many more.
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