Mobility has become a prominent feature in African societies: populations all over Africa are both mobile and politically and economically marginal. Yet these populations are actively engaged in maintaining social networks across localities. Mobilities, ICTs and marginality in Africa looks at the dramatic changes brought about in socially marginal populations by new ICTs in general and mobile phones in particular.
The book aims to situate the cultural, social and, in some cases, transnational context of ICT appropriation and virtual connectivity so as to reposition Africans from various countries and contexts as active agents of social change. The intricacies of local ICT use and the dynamics of mobility in the African context enables us to better understand material cultures, relationships between people, new media and social networking. Equally explored in relation to ICTs are the social and spatial dynamics of communication, association and belonging across spaces – particularly physical borders, social boundaries and confines and possibilities informed by the habitus of bodies and practices.
Mobilities, ICTs and marginality in Africa is rich in theoretically informed case studies that lend themselves to comparative perspectives and to ethnographies from beyond Africa.
Francis Nyamnjoh is Professor of Social Anthropology at University of Cape Town, which he joined in August 2009 from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. He has researched and taught at Universities in Cameroon and Botswana.
Ingrid Brudvig is a doctoral student in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. She completed her MA at the University of Cape Town and her BA at Connecticut College. Her PhD explores transnational networks, physical and virtual space and place and practices of belonging
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