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Calidad Revistas Científicas Españolas
VOL.
28(4)/
2015
Author / Saleta DE SALVADOR AGRA Visiting Professor. Department of Sociology, Political & Administration Sciences and Philosophy. University of Vigo. Spain
Author / Yolanda MARTÍNEZ SUÁREZ Postdoctoral Researcher. The Communication Institute (InCom-UAB). Autonomus University of Barcelona. Spain
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Article / Nomadism and intermittent ubiquity in ‘off the grid’ Shuar people

Abstract /

Media ecology suggests that the anyone, anywhere, anytime slogan of the ubiquitous society characterizes our times. A priori, mobile technology in the “digital ecosystem” fits this circumstance. However, if we delocalize to a remote area, this initial assumption changes. Results of a case study analyzing the use and appropriation of mobile phones in the indigenous Amazon Shuar communities show a different reality that could be labeled ‘intermittent ubiquity’. How does the delocalization facilitated by mobile telephones affect a remote area? How do Ecuadorian Shuars appropriate digital mobile technology? How does technological novelty become apparent in a context that is currently ‘off the grid’? These questions drive our interest in examining the three premises of the ubiquitous society slogan in this specific context

Keywords /

Nomadism, mobile phones, Off the Grid, intermittent ubiquity, discontinuous access, indigenous, Shuar people

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