Kinetic Élites

The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions


Duration: 2012 – 2015

Research Areas
Media and Communication Studies


The aim of the project is to illuminate the role of media and ICTs for sustaining close relationships and a sense of social belonging under everyday conditions that involve high levels of mobility and potentially fractured ties with family and friends. The focus of the study is on certain mobile élite groups within the fields of (1) corporate business, (2) international development/diplomacy, and (3) academia. In the three élite groups the project studies two types of household conditions; mobile families and return migrants, applying qualitative, phenomenologically oriented methods such as interviews and diaries. Taking the meta-processes of globalization and mediatization as the structural contexts of the project, the theoretical approach integrates four perspectives: (a) the mobilities paradigm; (b) global media studies; (c) social phenomenology, and (d) social field theory.

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About the Members

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism at the Department of Media Studies. Christian obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. His recent publications have addressed the... Read more

Miyase Christensen

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University and Guest Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and Environment, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Chr... Read more