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Studies in Mobile Communication

(Im)mobile Homes

Family Life at a Distance in the Age of Mobile Media

Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto

(Im)mobile Homes

Studies in Mobile Communication

(Im)mobile Homes

Family Life at a Distance in the Age of Mobile Media

Studies in Mobile Communication: (Im)mobile Homes

 

Enriched by moving stories of transnational families, (Im)mobile Homes explores the importance of smartphones and social media for the transnational Filipino family in Australia.


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Beschrijving Studies in Mobile Communication: (Im)mobile Homes

The home has been on the forefront of rapid economic, political, social, and technological transformations for many individuals and families across the world. As a country reliant on the exportation of human labor to sustain its national economy, the Philippines exemplifies a valuable case study of the impacts of a globalized and networked society on the everyday dynamics of a transnational family arrangement. Despite ranking among the heaviest Internet users in the
world, Filipino citizens are often left with no choice but to navigate digital and transnational environments orchestrated by the uneven distribution of both national and international resources and opportunities.

(Im)mobile Homes investigates the role of smartphones, social media channels, and various mobile applications in forging and sustaining intimate ties among dispersed Filipino family members. Examining the digital lifeworlds of transnational Filipino family in Australia, this volume draws on rich ethnographic study to explore the benefits of digital communication as well as the tensions enabled by the influences of socio-cultural structures, socio-economic conditions, technological
affordances, and institutional policies and processes on mobile practices. It portrays the physically distributed yet virtually connected nature of the transnational Filipino family through diverse contexts, such as observing family rituals, performing intimate care, and managing crises, and foregrounds their
unique strategies in addressing the interruptions of connecting at a distance. Ultimately, this volume underscores how mobile practices of the transnational Filipino family negotiate the pre-existing and broader structural systems that (re)produce marginalization in a digital and global era.

Enriched by moving stories of transnational families, (Im)mobile Homes offers a critical lens towards interrogating the possibilities and politics of a home from afar in the digital era.


ISBN
9780197524831
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
Serie
Studies in Mobile Communication
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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