What is it about?

How can the concept of liminality and, more specifically, a liminal 'hotspot' help us to understand an ambiguous case of cyberbullying? What distinctive types of emotion / affect are at play in this type of liminal situation?

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Why is it important?

This helps us to understand the bigger picture that is often at play in cyberbullying. It helps us to see how psychological phenomena are part of social practices and it draws attention to the importance of situations in which people 'become' something different.


As an author, I found the process of conducting a reflexive 'altered auto-ethnography' very useful as part of this research. It provides a way to draw upon your own experience in making sense of other people's experience.

Paul Stenner
Open University

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This page is a summary of: Suspended liminality: Vacillating affects in cyberbullying/research, Theory & Psychology, April 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0959354317690455.
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