Processes of Legitimation: 10 Years of Mobile Images
Gaby David received the Rieger Dissertation Award 2016 for “Processes of Legitimation: 10 Years of Mobile Images”, defended in 2015 at L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France). In this interdisciplinary thesis, Dr. David analyzes and explains how the the cultural industries apparatus enforced the normatization, creation, circulation, and sharing of mobile images. From being rare, to even becoming a compulsive practice, how did the evolution from a search for cultural validation, to later exposed intimacy, to a habitual reflex and ultimately the selfie moment happen?
“Processes of Legitimation: 10 Years of Mobile Images” examines the cultural legitimation and validation processes that vernacular mobile images underwent between the years 2005 and 2015. At the crossroads of media studies and sociology of culture, and anchored in visual culture and mobile studies, Dr. Gaby David’s Ph.D. thesis answers questions such as: How did the production and consumption of private everyday mobile images become a global visual phenomenon? With an increase in the use of mobile images in everyday life, how have its socio-cultural and visual effects been perceived, and in what spaces has this happened?
The four different fieldworks are gathered in two volumes.
- An ethnographic analysis of the Pocket Films Festival in Paris
- A global journalistic timeline of the mediatization that smartphone images had within the hard news creation and the many other uses of these mediatic images in the mainstream media.
- An exploration of peer-centred validations through communities of practice, in Instagram and Snapchat
- A reflexive a posteriori auto-ethnography of the author’s practices showing the rise of communicating mobile images per se, all to analyse the significance the implied has in strong tie image sharing.
This thesis is an endeavour to understand the evolving use of mobile images to convey complex communicative and multifaceted emotionally private and/or intimate meanings. Written in an accessible style, it can be of use to a wide readership, including undergraduate students and specialised readers.
Gaby’s profile on academia.edu
1 – David, G. (June 2007). Spectators viewing from the phone trees at the Pocket Films Festival third edition, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Personal collection
2 – Verrier, A. (2007). Porte de Choisy [Pocket film, V600 Sony Ericsson]. Screenshot pcollection. The complete film is available here.
3 – David, G. (2010). Benchmark cameraphone images that appeared in the mainstream media news and were considered as being hard news. [Timeline].
4 – David, G. (September 4, 2011). Facebook profile picture update. Screenshot personal collection detail.