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`Re-mediating' the ruptures of migration: the use of internet and mobile phones in migrant women's organizations in Ireland

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Abstract


  • There is a common conception that new information and communication technologies

    have the potential to achieve greater social equity; to empower migrants, particularly

    in the construction of diasporic spaces and agency. However, this achievement is not

    uniform: media are enmeshed in pre-existent power structures. Gender, class, and

    'race' mark the lines of the technological divide.

    To explore these issues, we look at the case of migrant women in Ireland who are

    active in migrant organisations. Despite uneven access to mediated information flows,

    adaptive innovation in communication technology use is evident in these

    organisations. Mediatised communication and information are integral to their day-today

    management, in such a way as to both consolidate and expand existing 'offline'

    networks. While problematising notions of migrant belongings and affiliations, our

    research entails a critical rethinking of several commonplace preconceptions in

    popular discourse: the 'migrant', the 'individual' technology user, and the idea of

    technology access as a 'pure good'.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • De Tona, C. & Whelan, A. (2009). `Re-mediating'' the ruptures of migration: the use of internet and mobile phones in migrant women''s organizations in Ireland. Translocations : the Irish migration, race and social transformation review, 5 (1), 1-20.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2822&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1776

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.translocations.ie/v05i01.html

Abstract


  • There is a common conception that new information and communication technologies

    have the potential to achieve greater social equity; to empower migrants, particularly

    in the construction of diasporic spaces and agency. However, this achievement is not

    uniform: media are enmeshed in pre-existent power structures. Gender, class, and

    'race' mark the lines of the technological divide.

    To explore these issues, we look at the case of migrant women in Ireland who are

    active in migrant organisations. Despite uneven access to mediated information flows,

    adaptive innovation in communication technology use is evident in these

    organisations. Mediatised communication and information are integral to their day-today

    management, in such a way as to both consolidate and expand existing 'offline'

    networks. While problematising notions of migrant belongings and affiliations, our

    research entails a critical rethinking of several commonplace preconceptions in

    popular discourse: the 'migrant', the 'individual' technology user, and the idea of

    technology access as a 'pure good'.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • De Tona, C. & Whelan, A. (2009). `Re-mediating'' the ruptures of migration: the use of internet and mobile phones in migrant women''s organizations in Ireland. Translocations : the Irish migration, race and social transformation review, 5 (1), 1-20.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2822&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1776

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.translocations.ie/v05i01.html