Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2011.566756
Title: Mobile phones and the cultural ecology of fishing in Kerala, India
Authors: Sreekumar, T.T. 
Keywords: Cell phone
Collectivistmachine
Community
Cooperation
Fish workers
Kerala
Mobile phone
Issue Date: May-2011
Source: Sreekumar, T.T. (2011-05). Mobile phones and the cultural ecology of fishing in Kerala, India. Information Society 27 (3) : 172-180. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2011.566756
Abstract: Studies that go beyond the ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) framework emphasize the social and cultural dimensions of mobile phones. Nevertheless, the cultural dimension, in literature pertaining to both urban and rural use patterns, typically takes an individualistic orientation. The possibility of actualizing the collectivistic logic in a community's appropriation of new technologies is mostly overlooked. The present article explores how the fishers community in Kerala, India, use mobile phones in culturally enhancing and ecologically oriented ways that improve their working and living conditions. In the case of Kerala fishers, the impulse toward cooperation has long been ingrained in their culture, as often happens among marginalized groups. The availability of mobile technologies has allowed for the amplification of this impulse and enabled new modes of cooperation, especially in sharing of information on promising fishing spots and safety and rescue at sea. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Information Society
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52045
ISSN: 01972243
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.566756
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