Michelle Johnson: “Culture’s Calling: Race, Gender and Cell Phone Use Among Madinga Immigrants in Portugal” – April 11, 2007


As global technologies facilitate communication between peoples once separated by impassible boundaries, we talk of the world becoming smaller—but anthropologists of transnationalism warn us not to equate globalization with cultural homogenization. By focusing on cell phone use among Mandinga immigrants from Guinea-Bissau living in and around Lisbon, Portugal, Prof. Johnson will show how the immigrants use cell phones in culturally specific ways to fashion community, enact gender, and redefine their place in the “new” Europe.




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