Networked transport, information and communication infrastructures are not just becoming an essential part of everyday life but also shaping identities and the emotional repertoire through which individuals encounter, define and respond to others and the world. In a social context of ‘detraditionalization’ and ‘individualization’ where traditional norms and values cease to have binding moral content, information and communication systems have assumed a structuring nature in themselves by shaping scripts of selfhood, textures of emotion and everyday routines.

In a place like the Mediterranean characterized by huge economic inequalities and cultural, religious and ethnic differences, these processes gain expression in myriad ways. A pressing question for the future of such a volatile region is how this diversity inhibits or facilitates shared horizons of experience and expectation.


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