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Technomobility in ChinaYoung Migrant Women and Mobile Phones$
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Cara Wallis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795262

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795262.001.0001

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Mobile Bodies, Mobile Technologies, and Immobile Mobility

(p.1) Introduction
Technomobility in China

Cara Wallis

NYU Press

This introductory chapter briefly discusses mobility—one physical and one virtual—in the lives of young rural-to-urban migrant women in China. It provides an ethnographic exploration of the cultural, social, aesthetic, and economic dimensions of mobile phone use by female migrants working in Beijing. Although mobile in the sense of migration from their home villages, their long work hours, rare time off, and confined social world caused them to be relatively immobile in the city. This immobility however was overcome in certain ways by their use of mobile phones for navigating social networks, enjoying forms of entertainment, participating in China's burgeoning consumer culture, and constructing a “modern” self. Drawing on critical/cultural and feminist theories of subjectivity, power, and technology, the chapter theorizes mobile communication and migrant women's becoming in the city, or how social constructions of gender-, class-, age-, and place-based identities produce particular engagements with mobile technologies.

Keywords:   mobility, Chinese migrant women, China, mobile phone use, Beijing, immobility, social network, entertainment, consumer culture, rural-to-urban migration

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