Multimodal, multiplex, multispatial: A network model of the self

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Contemporary culture finds human experience spread across various digital and physical spaces. Although many scholars embrace derivative perspectives of a distributed self—dramaturgical, multiphrenic, networked—these notions are seldom engaged as empirically testable theories. This article proposes a theoretical model to foster such empirical examination, in which the “self” is not engaged as a node in broader social networks, but taken as a network itself. That is, the self is reframed as a subjectively experienced network of identities that are, themselves, complex assemblages of many different kinds of objects. In this way, the binaries of me/not-me, human/nonhuman, material/immaterial, and digital/physical are unraveled in favor of more precisely identified interrelated agents giving rise to the Self across digital and physical contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-438
Number of pages20
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor-networks
  • identity
  • multiphrenia
  • multiplicity
  • networked self
  • postmodernity
  • self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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