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Author: Bettina Anja Frei
Publisher: Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa RPCIG, 2013.
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This book draws on the perspectives of non-migrants and urban youth in Bamenda, in the Northwest region of Cameroon, as well as on the views of Cameroonian migrants in Switzerland, to explore the meaning and role of New Media in the negotiation of sociality in transnational migration. New Media facilitated connectedness serve as a privileged lens through which Cameroonians, home and away, scrutinise and mediate  Read more...
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Frei, Bettina Anja.
Sociality revisited?
Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa RPCIG, 2013
(OCoLC)841495454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bettina Anja Frei
ISBN: 9789956790760 9956790761
OCLC Number: 853093682
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 553 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Cover ; Title page ; Copyright page ; Contents ; Acknowledgements; Abstract; List of Acronyms; List of Figures; 1. Sociality revisited? Liveness, and the use of the internet and mobile phones in urban Cameroon; Introduction, ethnographic background and theoretical framework; General introduction; The setting --
The site of fieldwork, and youth as a social category; A local history of migration; The situation of New Media technology in Bamenda --
history and background; Framing the research topic: liveness as a lens. Theoretical framework --
mobility, transnationalism, New Media, and social transformationOutlook; 2. Anxiety of mobility, New Media use, and imaginations of a "good life"; New Media use and mobility --
intentional practices and motivations for migration; Life situations, New Media use, and migration purposes; The (re- )production of imaginaries and narratives in the local setting; Imagination of spaces and places; Imagination as social practice --
imageries and narratives about migration and "white man's kontri." Conclusion --
Transnational mobility, liveness as a potential, and the power of imagination3. New Media, their materiality, and their contribution to social spaces: between potential and local conditions; The materialization of cyber cafés and computer technology in the setting; New Media's influences in the public sphere --
materiality, discourses and critique; Different loci of sociality --
from face-to-face to mediated social interaction; Youth and embodied imaginaries -performances and feelings of being (dis)-connected. Conclusion --
New Media and social spaces: liveness and a "sense of place"4. Practices of social networking --
face-to-face and mediated social ties and support; Social units and networks based on co-presence --
families, friends and lovers; Social networks and practices of networking through New Media of communication; Local and translocal social networking and accessing social capital; Being part of local and translocal social networks of support; Conclusion --
Creating liveness by adding face-to-face and mediated social networks and opportunities for support. 5. Physically distant but emotionally close --
transforming qualities of social tiesReflections on "closeness", "trust", and "intimacy" as qualities in social interaction; New Media and mediated communication; Negotiating a sense of closeness: observing conduct in mediated social interaction; Mediated closeness: "good communication" and communication contents; Conclusion: Negotiating, creating or avoiding liveness in mediated social interaction; 6. Practices of Connecting and Disconnecting Negotiations of Social Relations between Migrants and Non-Migrants. Migrants, non-migrants, and generations --
conflicting views and colliding interests.
Responsibility: Bettina Anja Frei.

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This book draws on the perspectives of non-migrants and urban youth in Bamenda, in the Northwest region of Cameroon, as well as on the views of Cameroonian migrants in Switzerland, to explore the meaning and role of New Media in the negotiation of sociality in transnational migration. New Media facilitated connectedness serve as a privileged lens through which Cameroonians, home and away, scrutinise and mediate sociality. In this rich ethnography, Bettina Frei describes how the internet and mobile phones are adopted by migrants and their non-migrant counterparts in order to maintain transnatio.

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