Transience, Mobile Telephony and Place Creation
Kartikeya Bajpai, Janelle Larson, and Khanjan Mehta
3rd International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development
Bajpai, K., Larson, J., Mehta, K., “Transience, Mobile Telephony and Place Creation,” M4D 2012 – 3rd International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development, New Delhi, January 2012
We argue that low-income youth lead lives which are marked by transience, and that adjustments must be made to the M4D agenda to account for their specific needs. In 2010, we conducted an interview study involving 233 street, slum and ghetto youth of Nairobi, and we present their patterns of mobile phone ownership and use. We identify finding casual jobs as the primary need of our respondents, followed by coordination/communication needs specific to the fluid work and living conditions prevalent in our sample. We posit “place creation‟ as the primary task of future interventions. We identify the challenges provided by the transient nature of the living and work arrangements our respondents to effective mobile based interventions and suggest a preliminary approach to the same.
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