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(Im)mobile Homes

(Im)mobile Homes

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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.

About the Author:
Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto is Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. He is also a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University. His research agenda locates the potentialities and paradoxes nestled in the
conduct of personal, familial, and social life at a distance via an ecology of mobile technologies and online platforms.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780197524848
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 256
  • Series Title: Studies in Mobile Communication
  • Weight: 362 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0197524842
  • Publisher Date: 03 Jan 2022
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Width: 150 mm

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