Not Belonging to one’s Self: Affect on Facebook’s Site Governance page

Johanssen, J. 2018. Not Belonging to one’s Self: Affect on Facebook’s Site Governance page. International Journal of Cultural Studies . 21 (2), pp. 207-222. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877916666116

TitleNot Belonging to one’s Self: Affect on Facebook’s Site Governance page
TypeJournal article
AuthorsJohanssen, J.
Abstract

This article makes a contribution to a growing number of works that discuss affect and social media. I use Freudian affect theory to analyse user posts on the public Site Governance Facebook page. Freud’s work may help us to explore the affectivity within the user narratives and I suggest that they are expressions of alienation, dispossession and powerlessness that relate to the users’ relations with Facebook as well as to their internal and wider social relations. The article thus introduces a new angle on studies of negative user experiences that draws on psychoanalysis and critical theory.

KeywordsFreudian affect theory, user experience, Facebook, data ownership
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Journal citation21 (2), pp. 207-222
ISSN1367-8779
Year2018
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877916666116
Publication dates
Published in print01 Mar 2018
Published online31 Aug 2016
Published31 Aug 2016

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