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Dorte Marie Søndergaard

Digitalized sexual practices among young people

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The enactment of digital sexual interaction among young people (associated with names such as ‘sexting’, ‘revenge porn’, ‘sex bullying’) involves intra-agency among heterogeneous forces such as technology, human bodies, economy, law, and subject formation. Through such intra-agency, gender is negotiated in still new ways, the scope and potentials of technology are innovated, and basic legal assumptions are challenged. The phenomenon effects and re-involves complex dynamics of e.g. fear, panic, uncertainty, care, shame, sympathy etc., all of which interferes with the possibilities of doing research in the field, posing challenges to methodological designing as well as ethical positionings and reflections.
On one hand, the affective dynamics of the apparatus produce an urge to investigate the complexity and take action. On the other hand, they paralyze any investigation, e.g. because part of the research material, which would inform us about the phenomenon, legally can be defined as child pornography. The performative associations with this definition challenge methodological, ethical and legal assumptions and lead some researchers to hesitate and look for potential complexity reduction.
With a new materialist approach, the paper will discuss the ethical and methodological challenges of producing knowledge within this complex and sensitive framework.
Udgivelsesårmaj 2018
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - maj 2018
BegivenhedIntimacies Online, Online Intimacies - RUC, Roskilde, Danmark
Varighed: 31 maj 20181 jun. 2018


KonferenceIntimacies Online, Online Intimacies


  • digital practices, digital sexualization, young people, internet, social media, gender, new materialist theory, cyberethnography

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