Mobile dreaming: oneiric subjectivities in the age of the smartphone
Emerging scientific models of dreaming posit that dreams are continuous with waking life and that they engage a (possibly functional) rehearsal of human sociality. This article supplements these models by bringing it into productive conversation with anthropologically informed approaches to subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and technicity, showing how oneiric ecologies and sociality are culturally and sociohistorically situated. Based on dreams collected from US college students that prominently figure the complex relationality of mobile media, this article argues moreover that dreams often index, question, and comment on otherwise hypocognized changes in the texture of everyday life. New models of dreaming, in other words, are greatly enriched by qualitative, ethnographically sensitive modes of analysis that move beyond ahistorical notions of the social and that reveal emergent, agentive, and culturally responsive subjectivities at work.
KeywordsDreaming Mobile media Subjectivity College students
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