Mobile telephony and copresence in Marakwet, Kenya

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Mobile telephony and copresence in Marakwet, Kenya

Show simple item record Komen, Leah Jerop 2019-11-04T10:11:37Z 2019-11-04T10:11:37Z 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation Komen, L.J. (2017). Mobile telephony and copresence in Marakwet, Kenya. Journal of Development and Communication Studies, 5(1): 44-55. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2305-7432.
dc.description.abstract The integration of mobile phones into social life has attracted divergent views on its technosocial capacities for social transformations especially its disruption on the integrity of space and time. While celebrated as a technology that liberates users from the constraints of time and place, it is equally reviled for the defilement of place or space and face to face social encounters (copresence). This paper discusses the influence of mobile telephony on social interactions with specific focus on conversations around copresence in Marakwet. Through ethnographic interviews and observational notes, the paper argues for the need to study mobile telephony as a social assemblage. Drawing from Delanda’s (2006) version of assemblage theory, the researcher finds that copresent encounters has changed the way time and place is conceptualised, with distinctions between private and public places blurred and transformation of social interaction evidenced. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Daystar University en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Development and Communication Studies en_US
dc.subject Mobile telephony en_US
dc.subject Co-presence en_US
dc.subject Assemblage en_US
dc.subject Time and space en_US
dc.subject Private versus public spaces en_US
dc.title Mobile telephony and copresence in Marakwet, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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