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Title: A multi-sited ethnography of the decolonization of mobile media among Guaraní
Author: Wagner, Sarah
Director: Fernández Ardèvol, Mireia
Keywords: indigenous media
digital inclusion
decolonization of communication
political economy of mobile media
mobile application development
community-based collaborative research
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2020
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Indigenous rights movements in Latin America are fighting to overturn the colonial hegemonies that continue to pervade contemporary life on the continent. The Guaraní people, for instance, have devised advanced strategies to decolonize mobile media services through local ownership. While most research on indigenous media focuses on the activities of organizations and the nature of media content, this thesis draws attention to the politics surrounding indigenous people's means of interpersonal communication and provides unprecedented evidence regarding the implications of decolonizing mobile media services. The results of this research, which adopts a critical, multi-sited approach that combines community-based collaboration with an analysis of the political economy, compel us to question the techno-optimism inherent to digital inclusion discourse and to further explore how inequalities shape civic influence on the media. Most significantly, this research ties together key factors that affect the individual agency of those at the so-called "digital margin" over their mobile media services.
Language: English
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Thesis

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