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Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies

1st Edition

Edited by Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent


272 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Migrants and diaspora communities are shaped by their use of information and communication technologies. This book explores the multifaceted role played by new media in the re-location of these groups of people, assisting them in their efforts to defeat nostalgia, construct new communities, and keep connected with their communities of origin. Furthermore, the book analyses the different ways in which migrants contribute, along with natives, in co-constructing contemporary societies – a process in which the cultures of both groups are considered. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology and linguistics, it offers a more profound understanding of one of the most significant phenomena of contemporary international societies – the migration of nearly a billion people worldwide - and the relationship between technology and society.

Table of Contents

Preface: Mediating a Restless World Daniel Miller. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Migrations and Diasporas: Making Their World Elsewhere Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra and Jane Vincent Theme 1: Conceptual Perspectives of Migrants in Post-Modern Societies 1. New Media, Migrations and Culture: From Multi to Interculture Giuseppe Mantovani 2. From English to New Englishes: Language Migration Towards New Paradigms Maria Bortoluzzi 3. Frame Setting of Contestable Categories: The Construction of Multiracial Identity in the Mass Media Alice Robbin Theme 2: Gender and Generation Intertwining with Migrations 4. Grandmothers, Girlfriends and Big Men: The Gendered Geographies of Jamaican Transnational Communication Heather Horst 5. Mobiles, Men and Migration: Mobile Communication and Everyday Multiculturalism in Australia Clifton Evers and Gerard Goggin 6. Australian Migrant Children: ICT Use and the Construction of Future Lives Lelia Green and Nahid Kabir Theme 3: Looking at the Migrations and Diasporas Through the Lens of the New Media 7. Diasporas, the New Media and the Globalized Homeland Raul Pertierra 8. Make Yourself at Home in www.ciberville.com: Meanings of Proximity and Togetherness in the Era of "Broadband Society" Heike Mónika Greschke 9. The Bulgarian-Language Media Diaspora Polina Stoyanova and Lilia Raycheva Theme 4: Religion, Mobility and Social Policies: How Migrants’ Use of the New Media Is Shaping Society 10. "God is Technology": Mediating the Sacred in the Congolese Diaspora David Garbin and Manuel A. Vásquez 11. Mediatized Migrants: Media Cultures and Communicative Networking in the Diaspora Andreas Hepp, Cigdem Bozdag and Laura Suna 12. ICT Adoption by Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe: Overview of Quantitative Evidence and Discussion of Drivers Stefano Kluzer and Cristiano Codagnone Theme 5: A Case Study: China, Its Internal Migrations, Diasporas and Expatriates 13. Migrant Workers, New Media Technologies, and Decontextualization: A Preliminary Observation in Southern China Pui-lam Law 14. Floating Workers and Mobile QQ: The Struggle in the Search for Roots Chung-tai Cheng 15. Community Connections and ICT: The Chinese Community in Prato, Italy and Melbourne, Australia: Networks, ICTs and Chinese Diasporas Tom Denison and Graeme Johanson 16. Imagining China: Online Expatriates as "Bridge Bloggers" on the Chinese Internet David Kurt Herold

About the Editors

Leopoldina Fortunati is Professor of Sociology at the University of Udine.

Raul Pertierra teaches at the University of the Philippines and at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Jane Vincent joined the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey as a Research Fellow in 2002 and has worked with them since 1998.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

The planet is being transformed by technical change and in particular by the speed of development in information technology. This series brings together the latest research on the social impact of IT and seeks to provide a broad range of case studies and comparative analysis of this phenomena and how it is changing our lives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General