Meaning Construction in Overviewing: “It Was Like Catching Up, But Without Talking”

  • Greti-Iulia Ivana
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology book series (PSRS)


This chapter examines the ways in which Facebook users practice overviewing and construct meaning around their practices. By drawing attention to the existing ties between those who surveil each other online, Ivana sheds light on how the type of underlying bond, the previous shared experiences, and envisioned potential for closeness contribute to overviewing and to its significance for the users. Using rich empirical material from interviews with Facebook users, the author illustrates the fundamental shifts in the mechanisms of meaning making when accessing information about old schoolmates, new potential romantic interests, close friends and family members, and so on. The phenomenon of stalking is also analyzed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greti-Iulia Ivana
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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