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Cruising through uncertainty: mobile phones and mobility in Mozambique

In less than a decade, mobile phones have become part and parcel of everyday life throughout most of Sub Saharan Africa. Building on the doctoral analysis of the integration of mobile phone communication (and mobile phones themselves) into sexual and criminal economies, the postdoctoral research aims to contribute to our understanding of ICT-mediated relationships.

The research examines the different ways in which young adults in the city of Inhambane, Mozambique, use phones to navigate the uncertainties of everyday life and expand their latitudes of movement and shows how mobile phone communication creates a space of interaction within which illicit practices can be coordinated more discreetly. By approaching mobile phone practices as a window into social relations and new forms of sociality, the research also offers original methodological and theoretical avenues to address some of the challenges faced in anthropology and African studies.

The Fellowship will enable follow-up research aimed at expanding the scope of the doctoral research and will allow the dissemination of research findings through the publication of a monograph, along with conference and seminar papers.

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