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Title: Mothers in the making?: exploring liminality in cyber/space
Authors: Madge, Clare
O'Connor, Henrietta
First Published: Mar-2005
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers
Citation: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2005, 30(1), pp.83-97
Abstract: This paper makes a case for cyberspace and geographical space coexisting simultaneously as an interconnected dyadic cyber/space combining the virtually real and the actually real. Based on empirical evidence from a study examining the role of the internet in the life of new mothers, we investigate the simultaneity of online/onsite experiences through an exploration of cyberspace as a performative liminal space, one where the women `tried out’ different versions of motherhood. We suggest that liminality, as a concept that can denote both a space and time of `betweenness’, is a useful tool in the virtual geographers `conceptual handbag’ as it enables a more lively understanding of cyberspace. But although cyberspace can result in the production of new selves, these selves have residual attachments to embodied experiences and practices. This suggests that new theorising about cyber/space must combine a consideration of liminality with everyday corporeality.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2005.00153.x
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 2005. Deposited with reference to the Journal Exclusive Licence Form, which permits posting of the accepted version of the Article as originally submitted for publication in the Journal, and updated to include any amendments made after peer review, 12 months after publication.
This is the authors' final draft of the paper published as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2005, 30(1), pp. 83-97. The definitive published version is available at, via doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2005.00153.x
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Published Articles, Centre for Labour Market Studies

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