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Selfies, Self-Witnessing and the ‘Out-of-Place’ Digital Citizen

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The placemaking selfie documents a complex relationship between embodied social context and networked social media presence. The complexity of these placemaking selfies is particularly apparent in the ‘out-of-place’ selfie, taken at a location considered too austere for what is often cast as a frivolous act. Rather than moving to quickly condemn these out-of-place selfies, this chapter explores how we might read such gestures as attempts to negotiate two overlapping frames – one embodied and physically situated, and the other circulating within an affective imagined community. This act of ‘self-witnessing’ serves as a form of parasocial civic engagement that attempts to communicate one’s own place within interpenetrating social spaces, no matter how gawking or disengaged they may appear at first analysis.

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  • Placemaking
  • Self-witnessing
  • Platform vernacular
  • Affective networks
  • Parasocial civic engagement

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Nunes, M. (2017). Selfies, Self-Witnessing and the ‘Out-of-Place’ Digital Citizen. In: Kuntsman, A. (eds) Selfie Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45270-8_12

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