ISBN 9789956791514
Pages 318
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations Colour Photographs
Published 2013
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Bridging Mobilities

ICTs Appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and The Netherlands

by Henrietta Mambo Nyamnjoh

This is a study on the creative appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by mobile Africans and the communities to which they belong, home and away. With a focus on Cameroonian migrants from Pinyin and Mankon who are currently living in Cape Town and the Netherlands, this book examines the workings of the social fabric of mobile communities. It sheds light on how these communities are crafting lives for themselves in the host country and simultaneously linking up with the home country thanks to advances in ICTs and road and air transport. ICTs and mobilities have complemented social relational interaction and provide migrants today with opportunities to partake in cultural practices that express their Pinyin-ness and Mankon-ness. Pinyin and Mankon migrants are still as rooted in the past as they are in the present. They were born into a community with its own sense of home, moral ethos and cultural pride but live in a context of accelerated ICTs and mobility that is fast changing the way they live their lives. Drawing on this detailed ethnographic case study and related literature, Henrietta Nyamnjoh argues that while ICTs continue to enhance mobility for those who move and for those who stay put, they have become inextricably linked in forging networks and reconfiguring existing ones. Contrary to earlier studies that predicted radical social change and the passing of traditional societies in the face of new technologies, ICTs have been appropriated to enhance the workings of existing social relations and ways of life while simultaneously pointing to new directions in ever more creative and innovative ways.

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About the Author

Henrietta Mambo Nyamnjoh

Henrietta Mambo Nyamnjoh is a Cameroonian who lived in Dakar, Senegal, from 2003 –2009. She holds an Mphil in Development Studies from the University of Leiden, and is currently doing her doctoral research at the same institution, on Cameroonian migrants in South Africa and the Netherlands.

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