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A gift from the city: mobile phones in rural China

Oreglia, Elisa and Kaye, Joseph "Jofish" (2012) A gift from the city: mobile phones in rural China. In: Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

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In rural Northern China, many people own a mobile phone without ever having purchased it: they received it as a gift from better off relatives, usually their migrant children. Drawing from ethnographic field work in three Chinese villages, we describe practices of mobile phone gifting and the social relations that underlie them, as well as the consequences of the circulation of mobile phones, from the change of use that happens when they move from an urban environment to the countryside, to the possibilities that they open up or close out for rural users. We conclude with implications for technology design that emphasize the situated nature of these experiences and thoughtful approaches to the design of 'traveling' mobiles.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
Depositing User: Elisa Oreglia
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 09:12
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22519


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