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Connecting Families?Information & Communication Technologies, Generations, and the Life Course$
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Barbara Barbosa Neves and Cláudia Casimiro

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339946

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339946.001.0001

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Floating narratives: transnational families and digital storytelling

Floating narratives: transnational families and digital storytelling

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Connecting Families?

Catalina Arango Patiño

Policy Press

This chapter examines the effects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on storytelling as a practice of communication among transnational families. It describes three technological affordances that are linked to digital storytelling practices of six Colombian migrant families residing in Montreal, Canada: presence, interactivity, and multimodality. After providing an overview of the methodological approach employed in the research study and the techniques used to collect and analyse the data, the chapter discusses the findings with regard to the views of the participant families about the dynamics of their post-migration storytelling experiences. More specifically, it considers the Colombian families' perspectives about being present during their digital interactions. An important finding is that digital mediation seems to be altering family storytelling. For some families, ICTs catalyse storytelling in situations where presence and multimodality take place; for others, ICTs constrain family storytelling when the illusion of nonmediation is not experienced.

Keywords:   information and communication technologies, transnational families, technological affordances, digital storytelling, presence, interactivity, multimodality, digital mediation, family storytelling

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