ICTs Appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and The Netherlands
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
Title Page, Copyright
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As a child growing up in the Grassfields of Bamenda, the provincial capital of the North West Region, I recall vividly how I would be woken up early in the morning by one of my parents to go and see a certain person to deliver a short note, a verbal message or simply to inform them that one of my family would...
2. Methodological considerations and data collection
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This study is part of a larger research project entitled ‘Mobile Africa Revisited’ that has been examining the appropriation of ICTs and how mobile migrant communities are shaping and being shaped by them. The study is an ensemble of conversations, my observations and interaction in the various field sites as well...
3. Mobility and migration at the crossroads: Mobile communities
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When I finished high school I refused to study law at the University of Yaoundé. I just went into business. I was trading, buying beans from Ndu, Babessi and Ndop and I sold them in Douala. At one point I had a connection and I sent beans to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. So that’s how I worked and raised money. Then my first cousin, who is in Johannesburg, ...
4. A new form of madness in the village: The arrival of information and communications technologies (ICTs)
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The arrival of mobile technology was received with awe by most and also seen as a must-have. But for others it was a new form of madness that had arrived in the village; with the few people who owned mobile phones running up hills, climbing trees or standing in the middle of the road where reception was good to take...
5. Networks and shifting relations: Social and kinship networks and the formation of a network society
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The last two chapters showed how mobility and migration are not new and also how they are deeply engrained in human history. However what is new today is the form and dynamism that they have taken as a result of the advances in ICTs and transport networks. This has led to new mobile societies that are characterized by mobile flows and ‘miniaturized mobilities’ (Elliott & Urry 2010: 28)...
6. ‘Going to the field’: Pitching and migrants’ economic activities
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I sell pirated DVDs made by me and it is thanks to the Internet that I can do all of this. I have Internet at home on a USB, but I use it late at night when the rates are low. I often go to the cyber because it costs R3 an hour, where I download movies and their labels onto my USB key, and nobody sees what I am doing. Back at home, (as you can see, I have two computers...
7. ‘Your mami and papa for this country na meeting’: PIFAM and MACUDA as agency in a transnational world
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The ubiquitous ‘home town’ associations are another example of the efficacy of ideologies of homes in ordering communal responses to modernization. These associations bind together individuals from across socioeconomic stations and in spaces far away from their ancestral communities. They serve as powerful vehicles for the mobilization of resources, through levies on their members or prying of access to state resources, in order to promote the ‘development’ of their home villages. (Eyoh 1999: 291)...
8. A mobile community as a fortress: Reinforcing the notion of belonging through ‘life crisis’
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Chapters 6 and 7 discussed migrants’ economic activities, their associational lives and how these are constructed in spatiality of place. They also considered how migrants seek to maintain their Pinyin and Mankon identities through the ties they maintain within the migrant spaces in the host country and ultimately...
9. ‘I di beep na for beep, them di call’: Straddling relationships between the home and host country amongst kin and kith
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This chapter focuses on migrants’ moral obligations regarding remittances and their virtual presence in the family circle they leave behind. It considers the micro individual experiences of migrants’ kinship relations that highlight personalized ties towards kin and kith and the community. It moves away from the PIFAM and MACUDA communities and pays particular attention to the individual...
10. Conclusion: Mobilities, transcultural communities and transcultural habitus
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This study set out to understand the workings of the Pinyin and Mankon mobile communities in the context of accelerated mobility and ICTs. In an attempt to show how they function, I conceptualized mobilities in Chapter 3, ICTs in Chapter 4 and networks in Chapter 5 given that these concepts underscore the social fabric of every society, including mobile communities. These chapters (3, 4 and...
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Page Count: 318
Publication Year: 2013