Parenthood, technologies and wellbeing
My current work is positioned as an interdisciplinary and policy-relevant space where media technologies, sociology, communication and cultural studies interface with parenthood, health and well-being. In this space, I converge my interests in media and evolving technologies, motherhood and fatherhood, family relationships, e-health and parent/patient discussion platforms, public engagement with families and healthcare policy. In the below I have collected my latest writings - both formal and informal - on perinatality, parenthood and new technologies -
- 1. Das, R & Hodkinson, P. (in press). Tapestries of intimacy: Networked intimacies and new fathers’ emotional self-disclosure of mental health struggles. Social Media + Society.
- 2. Das, R & Hodkinson, P. (Revised and Resubmitted). Affective coding: Strategies of online steganography in fathers’ mental health disclosure.
- 3. Das, R. (under review). Infrastructures of Anxiety: Making Sense of Maternal Anxiety in Digital Societies.
- 4. Das, R. (under review). Digital interfaces and perinatal maternal well-being: Balancing optimism and caution
- 5. Das, R. & Hodkinson, P. (2019). For NCT: Is Dad OK? New fathers and mental health difficulties
- 6. Das, R & Hodkinson, P. (2019). Rescinding the ‘Rock’: Masculine imperatives to support and mental health struggles among new fathers.
- 7. Das, R. (2019). Going online for maternal mental health? A balanced, context-sensitive approach to placing maternal mental health on the digital health roadmap
- 8. Das, R. (2018). Social media and maternal perinatal wellbeing: Findings from fieldwork with new mothers
- 9. Das, R. & Hodkinson, P. (2018). Paternal mental health and social media: Early fieldwork reflections on disclosure, affective coding and disconnection
- 10. Das, R. (2018) & Hodkinson, P. (2018). Fathers in the spotlight. Why this matters, and why we are looking at new fathers’ mental health
- 11. Das, R. (2018). Maternal well-being and the internet: Balancing optimism and caution
- 12. Das, R. (2018). Temporally Inexpensive, Affectively Expensive: Digitally-Mediated Maternal Interpersonal Ties in the Perinatal Months. Communication Culture & Critique, 11(4), 586-603.
- 13. Das, R. (2018). Mediated subjectivities of the maternal: A critique of childbirth videos on YouTube. The Communication Review, 21(1), 66-84.
- 14. Das, R. (2017). Speaking about birth: Visible and silenced narratives in online discussions of childbirth. Social Media+ Society, 3(4), 2056305117735753.
- 15. Das, R. (2017). The mediation of childbirth:‘Joyful’birthing and strategies of silencing on a Facebook discussion group. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 1367549417722094.
This draws upon -
- My newly funded Wellcome Trust project (2018-2019) on the health communication practice of South Asian migrant mothers with postnatal mental health difficulties;
- My newly funded (Surrey - FASS funded) project with Paul Hodkinson on new fathers, mental wellbeing and social media technologies
- My just concluded British Academy project (2016-2018) investigating digital technologies and women's peri-natal experiences in the UK - looking at apps, forums, social networking sites, vlogging sites and other areas
- A forthcoming research monograph with Routledge on the above titled The Perinatal Ideal (Routledge, 2019), and related journal articles.
Audiences, users and emerging technologies in communications research
I have a longstanding interest in empirical explorations of people's everyday engagement with media and evolving communication technologies. Beginning with empirical work with media audiecnes of a range of formats and genres, I have developed a particular focus on everyday experiences of, and emerging literacies with networked technologies with a growing interest in newer interfaces including the IoT and datafication, more generally. This work is located within my ongoing interest in users and audiences in my past projects, spanning a variety of media genres.
- My most recent work here includes directing CEDAR - a 29 member team which conducted a foresight analysis exercise on the future of audiences' engagement with media technologies in the context of the IOT and datafication in 2030. This work was funded by the AHRC, UK, and has led to a range of publications as below, including a forthcoming book with Palgrave Macmillan (jointly with Brita Ytre-Arne).
- In the past, my work has included young people's digital literacies on social media
- People's reception of television and film genres
- Public reactions to 'offensive' television content (my new book Provocative Screens with Anne Graefer, Palgrave) and people's regulatory expectations,
- Conceptual developments in communication research in the transformation of audiences to users.