ICT-based co-presence in transnational families and communities: Challenging the premise of face-to-face proximity in sustaining relationships

Loretta Baldassar, M. Nedelcu, L. Merla, R. Wilding

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Abstract

The proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media environments has begun to challenge the premise that strong relationships require face-to-face interactions. It is the expansion and enhancement of technologies of communication such as the internet, smartphones and social media that have contributed to the recent, startling emergence of a new social environment of ubiquitous connectivity. The concept of ?ICT-based co-presence? is used to capture and explore the diverse ways in which people maintain a sense of ?being there? for each other across distance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Networks
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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