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Under the radar: Women’s use of mobile communication

Date & Time:
16;00 - 17;30,
Wednesday 4 March, 2020


In this presentation, I will look at women’s use of mobile communication in several locations around the world. They include women in vegetable markets in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, female fishmongers in Myanmar, female North Korean Refugees in Seoul, South Korea, housewives in rural Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya, Syrian refugees in the Netherlands, and female smugglers as well as “live-out” maids in Indonesia. I will look at the way that mobile communication plays into the lives of women in these diverse situations.

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  • Name: Rich Ling
  • Affiliation: University of Colorado
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  • Bio: Rich Ling (Ph.D., University of Colorado, sociology) is the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has an adjunct position at the University of Michigan and has worked Telenor, the Norwegian Telecommunication Operator.

    For the past two decades, Ling has studied the social consequences of mobile communication. He has examined how mobile communication facilitates microcoordination, how it is used in emergencies, how it has been adopted and used by teens in Norway and the US, and how it is used by small-scale entrepreneurs in places such as Cote d’Ivoire and Myanmar. He has also examined how mobile-phone-based interaction illuminates more fundamental social forces such as strong-tie bonds and triadic interaction. He finds that mobile communication is increasingly being structured into the social fabric. This process is changing the social structure.

    Ling has written extensively in this area. He has written or edited 11 volumes and over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.