A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India

ISBN : 9780190630287

Sirpa Tenhunen
216 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Drawing on ethnographic field work, A Village Goes Mobile examines how mobile telephony contributes to social change in rural India. The book investigates how the use of mobile phones has influenced economic, political, and social relationships, including gender relationships, and how these new social constellations relate to culture and development.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Theorizing phone use contexts and mediation
Chapter 3 Why mobile phones became ubiquitous: remediation and socialities
Chapter 4 Mobile telephony, economy and social logistics
Chapter 5 Mediating gender: mobile phones and women's agency
Chapter 6 Mediating conflict: mobile telephony and politics
Chapter 7 Smartphones, caste, and intersectionalities
Chapter 8 Conclusions

About the author: 

Sirpa Tenhunen is an anthropologist who has carried out fieldwork in rural and urban India. In addition to the appropriation of mobile technology, her research interests cover gender and politics in India. She is currently Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki.

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