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Title:'Travelling while sitting down': mobile phones, mobility and the communication landscape in Inhambane, Mozambique
Author:Archambault, Julie Soleil
Year:2012
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:82
Issue:3
Pages:393-412
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:communication
mobile telephone
youth
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23240217
Abstract:This article examines the ways in which young men in the city of Inhambane, southern Mozambique, harness communication to express and address experiences of constrained physical and social mobility. It starts with an analysis of a highly valued form of oral communication - 'bater papo', a Brazilian expression for chatting - that youth, especially young men, engage in on a daily basis, before turning to mobile phone use. Tying these different forms of communication together is a profound desire to claim membership of, and to participate in, a world that remains elusive for most. However, if mobile phone communication builds on pre-existent forms of communication, it takes on particular aesthetic qualities that speak of, rather than resolve, exclusion. The article argues that, while helping bridge distances in significant ways, mobile phone communication nonetheless, and somewhat ironically, also betrays young men's immobility. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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