La rupture amoureuse à l'ère du numérique : implications pour l'identité narrative

Authors: Langlois, Justine
Advisor: Pastinelli, Madeleine
Abstract: The development of information and communication technologies raises peculiar questions specific to our time, ranging from the right to disconnect to the protection of one's privacy. As a preponderant part of our public and private life is now digitalized, one can wonder if the myriad traces of the “self” that we leave behind - and about which we do not always possess full control - might have the potential to transform our relationship with our own identity. This thesis aims to understand how digital possessions affect the construction of self identity during a specific event that demands reflexivity: the romantic breakup. Following Paul Ricoeur's work, I conceptualize self-identity in its narrative form. I have conducted 14 comprehensive interviews with people who had recently experimented a romantic breakup. I then studied how these people managed their digital possessions and how they used social medias in the context of their relationship dissolution. Results show that the way people relate to their digital possessions differ following the place and importance they give to their ex-partner in their everyday life. Most often, managing their digital possessions helped them overcome their grief. In this sense, it is first “for themself” that they interact with their digital possessions. Managing them not only makes it possible to align their self-presentation on social media to the new narrative built after the breakup, but also, it is through these practices that one manages to transform the way she defines herself. Once the bereavement process is over, it is through other peoples' eyes that the participants apprehend their digital possessions. Moreover, they conceive and intervence on their digital possessions with new goals and new concerns in mind, in the hope of building a future with a prospect partner.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2021
Open Access Date: 19 July 2021
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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