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Gendered Power and Mobile Technology
Intersections in the Global South

ISBN 9781138039391
Published June 18, 2019 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

Mobile phones are widely viewed as the information and communication technology that holds the most promise for bridging global digital divides.

Gendered Power and Mobile Technology uses empirical research to focus on changing intersections between technology, gender and other categories of social and cultural power difference (such as age, race, class, and ethnicity) in the use of mobile communication technologies. Asking how these intersections can inform development discourse, practice, and research, this volume seeks to rectify the lack of attention to the Global South, calling for more sensitivity to the contexts and consequences of mobile phone use. Indeed, drawing on case studies from Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Tanzania, and Uganda, this book engages with the intersectionality paradigm to tease out the complexities of using mobile technologies for development purposes.

Gendered Power and Mobile Technology will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as media studies, development studies, gender and technology, feminist technoscience, anthropology, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Rethinking gender and technology within intersections in the global South

Caroline Wamala-Larsson & Laura Stark

PART I: Mobile money in transacting femininities and masculinities

Chapter Two

Gender and mobile phone usage in Kenyan women’s everyday lives

Jessica Gustafsson

Chapter Three

Sex, social reproduction, and mobile telephony as responses to precarity in urban Tanzania

Laura Stark

Chapter Four

Rethinking financial inclusion: social shaping of mobile money among bodaboda men in Kampala

Caroline Wamala-Larsson

PART II: Mobile connectivities: Negotiating age, gender and agency

Chapter Five

One phone, two phones, four phones: older women and mobile telephony in Lima, Peru

Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol

Chapter Six

Redefining relations: the appropriation of new ICT by young rural women in Peru

Mariana Barreto Ávila & Andrea García Abad

Chapter Seven

Reinforcing inequalities? Mobile telephony and HIV/AIDs in Ghana

Perpetual Crentsil

PART III: Mobile continuities at the intersection of ethnicity, class and gender

Chapter Eight

Women's tech initiatives in Uganda: doing intersectionality and feminist technoscience

Linda Paxling

Chapter Nine

Digital snails? Shuar women and mobile communication in Ecuador

Yolanda Martínez Suárez & Saleta de Salvador Agra

Chapter Ten

Communitarian mobile telephony services in rural Mexico: Red Celular Talea de Castro and Telecomunicaciones Indigenas Comunitarias

Lorena Pérez


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Caroline Wamala Larsson is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies and Head of Research with the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), an independent resource centre at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Laura Stark is Professor of Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.