The Mobile Assemblage and Social Change in China
This concluding chapter ties together the various themes in the book and provides a final analysis of the diverse practices, understandings, and investments that make up young migrant women's mobile phone assemblage. It summarizes how a focus on the articulation of various socio-techno practices provides a more nuanced account of the co-construction of technology and subjectivity. There are several key contributions that this study makes, and in combination they refuse simplistic binaries of inclusion versus exclusion, emancipation versus subjugation, and agency versus control in understandings of technology and society. First, within processes of migration, particularly in the context of wide-scale urbanization, uneven technology diffusion, rapid societal transformation, and extremely disparate access to social and economic resources, the connectivity and necessary convergence provided through the mobile phone cannot be underestimated. It also suggests that mobile phone use is a myriad of socio-techno practices grounded in the material conditions of everyday life.
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