Managing Context Collapses: The Internet as a Conditioning Technology in the Organization of Practices

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This article presents a study of how people use the internet as a tool in the structuring of daily life. After introducing practice theory as a lens through which to understand everyday practices, I argue for the need to take the individual as unit of analysis to better understand how practices are organized in a person’s life. The study is based on qualitative data from 17 US participants, collected through an interview-diary-interview method. I find that some people experience the internet as enabling to their way of life while others find it to be a necessary tool that must itself be managed to maintain a sense agency in the way practices are structured. Others again find it to be enabling in some practices but problematic in others. From this, I conclude that people implement different media strategies to stay in control of the organizing of their constellation of practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Pages (from-to)2810-2827
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - everyday life, practice theory, media use, Internet, context collapse

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