Constructing a digital storycircle: Digital infrastructure and mutual recognition

Nick Couldry, Richard MacDonald, Hilde Stephansen, Wilma Clark, Luke Dickens, Aristea Fotopoulou

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    Building on the principles of the digital storytelling movement, this article asks whether the narrative exchange within the ‘storycircles’ of storymakers created in face-to-face workshops can be further replicated by drawing on digital infrastructure in specific ways. It addresses this question by reporting on the successes and limitations of a five-stream project of funded action research with partners in north-west England that explored the contribution of digital infrastructure to processes of narrative exchange and the wider processes of mutual recognition that flow from narrative exchange. Three main dimensions of a digital storycircle are explored: multiplications, spatializations (or the building of narratives around sets of individual narratives), and habits of mutual recognition. Limitations relate to the factors of time, and levels of digital development and basic digital access.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-517
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2014


    • digital storycircle
    • digital storytelling
    • narrative
    • recognition
    • storycircle


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