5. NEW TERRAIN IN MOBILE DATING RESEARCH: ENTANGLEMENTS OF RISK, AFFECT, AND DISCURSIVE AGENCY

5. NEW TERRAIN IN MOBILE DATING RESEARCH: ENTANGLEMENTS OF RISK, AFFECT, AND DISCURSIVE AGENCY

Dating apps are, moreover, the products-and exemplars-of neoliberal Western society, offering social scientists insight into broader socio?political and economic sensibilities, as well as the historical conditions that are at play in African Sites dating service shaping people’s efforts at intimacy (Illouz, 2007; Liu, 2016). Dating websites (as precursors to mobile dating) and now mobile dating apps have been examined for the ways they have been predicated on the model of the free market, whereby people are simultaneously positioned as (willing) consumers and products for romantic and sexual consumption (see, in particular, Bauman, 2003; Illouz, 2007; Liu, 2016; Schmitz & Zillmann, 2016). For example, apps can promote illusions of availability and choice for a person to swipe through other users’ profiles, thus seemingly positioning people as commodities to be selected or disposed of (Beauchamp et al., 2017; Blackwell et al., 2015; David & Cambre, 2016; Duguay et al., 2017; Race, 2015).

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