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dc.contributor.authorWadsworth, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-09T09:48:41Z
dc.date.available2018-08-09T09:48:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-21
dc.date.submitted2018-06-11
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/278722
dc.description.abstractThe amount of research on the use of selfies as a form of care is scarce, with those focusing on mental health being non-existent. Following Foucault’s genealogy of madness, this paper attempts to analyse how forms of care enacted through the taking, posting, and viewing of selfies work to critique much of the discourse surrounding mental disorders. Starting with the position of selfies as purely a tool to help visualise those previously invisible, care is seen to be enacted in multiple ways as a distraction from life to allow survival. However, the analysis goes further to combine photographic theory, disabilities studies, and photo-voice interviews in an attempt to allow for a voice for the excluded position of the ‘mad’. Through a queer reading of narcissism and analysis of the combined embodied gestures in the selfie – commanding the viewer to both “look at me showing you me” and “look at me looking at me” - this paper argues that the image provides the possibility of reconstructing the disabled subject. In short, the aim of the research is to point at how selfies may be engaged to push towards the flourishing life for the marginalised mentally ill body.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
dc.subjectselfies
dc.subjectself-care
dc.subjectmental health
dc.titleSelf(ie)-Care and Mental Health
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationnameMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentSociology
dc.date.updated2018-08-07T20:17:40Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.26079
dc.publisher.collegeSt Edmund's College
dc.type.qualificationtitleSociology
cam.supervisorMoreno Figueroa, Mónica
cam.thesis.fundingfalse
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-08-09


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