Title: Blackberry Girls and "(In)appropriate" Calls. Morality, Connectivity and Personhood in Kinshasa's Mobile Phone Culture
Authors: Pype, Katrien # ×
Issue Date: 2016
Series Title: American Ethnologist issue:submitted
Abstract: Mobile phones are one of the most discussed objects in Kinshasa. Among parents and children, lovers and in Pentecostal churches, the cell phone is said to embody various kinds of dangers. Alternative practices are debated in order to “tame” the handset, however, without rejecting this new technology. In this article, I focus on these private and public debates in order to understand how the mobile phone is inserted within contemporary debates about urban (im)morality and personhood. I embed discourses about mobile phone technology and intimacy, sexuality and womanhood within discourses about other technologies such as audiovisual media, witchcraft, gender relations, and the management of social identities. In the conclusion of this article, I argue that we need to pay more attention to the role of “connectivity” in our studies of personhood.
ISSN: 0094-0496
Publication status: submitted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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