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Title: Contested Discourses on Migrant Connectivity: Migrant Users and Corporations of Mobile Phone and Money Transfer Services in Catalonia. An interdisciplinary approach
Author: Gordano Peile, Cecilia
Director: Ros Híjar, Adela
Nakamura, Lisa
van Dijk, Teun
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: migration industry
mobile phones
money transfers
critical discourse analysis
cultural studies
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2013
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Abstract: The thesis argues that private enterprises providing connectivity services are increasingly becoming influential actors in contemporary migration. It focuses on the commercial discourses of providers of mobile phone and money transfer services in Spain, contrasting them with Ecuadorian and Moroccan migrant users¿ experiences of connectivity to keep in touch with their personal networks in both origin and destination societies. The research design combined Cultural Studies and Critical Discourse Studies to look at migrants¿ accounts as well as service providers¿ first-hand accounts and commercial advertising texts. On the one hand, the conclusions showed the mechanisms through which corporate discourses have commodified and aestheticized migrants¿ experiences of connectivity. On the other hand, they evidenced migrants¿ active roles as agents of their connectivity strategies, appropriating the services offered, creating low-cost strategies that turn constraints into opportunities, in times of increasing mobility, digital connectivity and the consolidation of a service based economy.
Language: English
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Thesis

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