Youth, trauma and memorialisation: The selfie as witnessing

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    There have recently been a series of high-profile media controversies around inappropriate selfies taken by young self-portraitists at trauma memorial sites. Popular media critiques propose that the selfie is a self-centred and disrespectful response to traumatic histories. In this article, I consider such selfies in light of cultural shifts in second-person witnessing. I propose that these selfies prompt a rethink for theorists of witnessing. What can we learn from these selfies regarding the ways that young people, mobile technologies and social media are impacting the way people may respond to communal traumas?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)384-399
    Number of pages16
    JournalMemory Studies
    Issue number4
    Early online date11 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


    • Selfies
    • memorialisation
    • trauma
    • witnessing
    • youth
    • selfies


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