Emotions in Digital Interactions

Ethnopsychologies of Angels' Mothers in Online Bereavement Communities

  • Irene Rafanell
  • Maja Sawicka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
    Pages 1-8
  3. Emotions, Social Interaction, and Structural Phenomena

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
      Pages 11-18
    3. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
      Pages 19-25
    4. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
      Pages 49-52
    5. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
      Pages 53-60
  4. The Emergence of a New Ethnopsychology of Motherhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Irene Rafanell, Maja Sawicka
      Pages 63-98
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 113-120

About this book


Combining the conceptual tools of interactionist and social constructionist positions, this book presents an in-depth investigation of emotions in digital interactions. Through the central case study of online bereavement communities for women who have suffered perinatal loss, this volume highlights the significance of affective sanctioning as constitutive of group dynamics and practice. The authors chart the emergence of a new ethnopsychology of motherhood—the category of ‘Angels’ Mothers’—arising from the localized practices of a community whose experience of grief is otherwise disenfranchised. Through their detailed theoretical exploration of the centrality of micro-situational dynamics, alongside the rich empirical illustration of collectively shared feeling rules and norms, Rafanell and Sawicka develop a naturalistic approach to the analysis of empirical data, providing insights for policy-making interventions.  


social theory social institutions symbolic interactionism bereavement communities grief digital sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Irene Rafanell
    • 1
  • Maja Sawicka
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Social SciencesUniversity of the West of ScotlandPaisleyUK
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21997-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21998-7
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