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Making Intimate Relationships. The Uses of Tinder and Contemporary Subjectivities Between Self-Construction and Commercialization

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Keywords: Intimacy, Dating App, Self Construction, Anthropology of Love, Ethnography

Erotic intimacy calls into question the construction of subjectivity because often a good lifestyle is evaluated through the ability of knowing how to build and master intimate relationships. Here I take into account the uses of the dating app Tinder, analysing how it influences the construction of the self and the articulation of intimacy. After a review of some methodological and epistemological issues, I describe how Tinder can be a powerful self-reflexive device, and how material and symbolic conditions of the users influence its applications, often showing a subjectivity strongly related to the behaviour of the detached consumer

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