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Social Media and Personal Relationships

Online Intimacies and Networked Friendship


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 1-20
  3. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 40-60
  4. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 61-81
  5. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 82-101
  6. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 102-120
  7. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 121-141
  8. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 142-161
  9. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 162-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-211

About this book


This book explores how digital communication generates new intimacies and meanings of friendship in a networked society, developing a theory of mediated intimacies to explain how social media contributes to dramatic changes in our ideas about personal relationships, through themes of self, youth, families, digital dating and online social capital.


capital communication digital Familie media New Media online social capital social media society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleUK

About the authors

Deborah Chambers is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, UK. Her research areas intersect sociology and media & cultural studies. Her publications include Representing the Family; New Social Ties: Contemporary Connections in a Fragmented Society; and A Sociology of Family Life: Change and Diversity in Intimate Relations.

Bibliographic information


"There is much to recommend this book in the way it synthesises the research of leading digital scholars and the extent it draws on the theoretical frameworks of Bauman, Beck, Giddens, Goffman and many others to help us understand the effects of digital media on our personal and public lives." Information, Communication and Society