Nomadism Indigenous Discontinuous access Intermittent ubiquity Discontinuous access Mobile phones Shuar people
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De Salvador Agra, S. & Martínez Suárez, Y. (2015) Nomadism and Intermittent Ubiquity in ‘Off the Grid’ Shuar People. Communication & Society 28(4), 87-107.
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