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A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India

Sirpa Tenhunen


This book examines how mobile telephony contributes to social change in rural India (West Bengal, Bankura district) on the basis of long-term ethnographic fieldwork in a village before and after the introduction of mobile phones. The book investigates how mobile telephones emerged as multidimensional objects that not only enable telephone conversations, but also facilitate status aspirations, internet access, and entertainment practices. It explores how this multifaceted use of mobile phones has influenced economic, political, and social relationships, including gender relationships, and how t ... More

Keywords: mobile phones, rural India, new media, social change, development, digital ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190630270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sirpa Tenhunen, author
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki