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Sociology Research


Rikke's research explores the increasing incorporation of new media and digital technology into people's intimate lives and practices. More specifically, it examines the concept of 'mediated intimacy' in relation to the digitally mediated practice of creating, sending and receiving private sexual images – an activity that is also known as ‘sexting’. Her current research examines (1) how notions of intimacy are expressed in and through adults’ sexting practices, and (2) how sexting creates novel opportunities for the establishment of emotional closeness, as well as a heightened level of social and technological risk, like the risk of being hacked by unknown others or the risk of the non-consensual distribution of one’s private sexual images.

Research Interests

Rikke's research interests involve, but are not limited to: social and technological risk, speech act theory, representation, mediated intimacy, neoliberalism, postfeminism, sociological approaches to power and ideology, and the impact of modern technology on gender and sexuality.


SOC3: Modern Societies II

SOC7: Media, Culture and Society

MPhil in Media and Culture

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Amundsen, R., 2019. Cruel Intentions and Social Conventions: Locating the Shame in Revenge Porn. In: D. Ging and E. Siapera, eds. 2019. Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.131-149. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96226-9.

Amundsen, R., 2019. “The Price of Admission”: On Notions of Risk and Responsibility in Women’s Sexting Practices. In: K. Lumsden and E. Harmer, eds. 2019. Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.145-164.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Rikke Amundsen (2018) “Kind of like making porn of yourself”: understanding sexting through pornography, Feminist Media Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1494617

Research Groups & Affiliations

Job Title:
Teaching Associate, Queens' College