1st Edition

Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies

Edited By Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent Copyright 2012
    290 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.