The mobile internet in the wild and every day: Digital leisure in the slums of urban India

Rangaswamy, N and Arora, P (2016) The mobile internet in the wild and every day: Digital leisure in the slums of urban India. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (6). pp. 611-626. ISSN 1367-8779

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Abstract

The wild and the everyday point at once to twinned aspects of life and, in this article, to a technological imaginary drawing upon the use of the mobile internet in urban slums of India. The article responds to the rather untethered way, from the point of view of state regulation, in which the telecom market in India has devolved to include poor populations, stoking a repertoire of unconventional daily use of the internet by youth living in slums. This article serves to locate the ‘wild and everyday’ as a specific sociocultural space in relation to use of mobile Facebook among young populations invisible to mainstream research on internet and culture. While development, as conventionally understood, is not focused on purposive outcomes of digital leisure practice (romance, play, entertainment), we argue that online engagements such as these are powerful precursors to ecologies of learning, reconstituting our understandings of global and mobile internet practice.

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IITH Creators:
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Rangaswamy, NUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: culture, entertainment, imaginaries, India, leisure, mobile internet, play, poor, slums, youth
Subjects: Social sciences > Asian Studies
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 05:41
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 05:41
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/2842
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877915576538
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1367-8779/
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