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Published: 13 March 2006
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387787-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8778-7
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... Since the mobile phone was the first technology in recent times to truly disrupt money—Kenya’s M-Pesa service having taken the country by storm—this chapter looks at what people do with phones besides make calls and send text messages. Understanding the use cases of the mobile phone was central...
Series: The World Readers
Published: 29 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374961-093
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7496-1
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By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... Most people around the world buy airtime for their mobile phones on an as-needed basis, instead of having a subscription to a cellular service. In some parts of the world, people started sending airtime credits to one another as a form of payment. This unanticipated use case of the mobile phone...
Book Chapter

By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... mobile phone airtime mobile money regulation risk ...
Book Chapter

By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... mobile phone M-Pesa mobile money use case ...
Book Chapter

By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... What is money? This chapter provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories, and shifts the focus to where is money, and when is money? In introducing how the mobile phone became a key site for innovation in money, it suggests we learn from research into the diverse uses of the mobile...
Book Chapter

By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... mobile phones money non-economic uses of money monetary ecologies and repertoires ...
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... is a mobile money service that allows everyday Kenyans to send small amounts of money to one another via their mobile phones. Mobile money services like M-Pesa inspire dreams of digital payments as well as positive social and economic benefits of going cashless. This chapter situates the book in light...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 03 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374015-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7401-5
... Based on the author’s artistic project IntuiTweet, which integrates movement improvisation, phenomenological writing, mobile phones, and the popular social-networking platform Twitter, this chapter explores choreographic and performative approaches to the study of embodied expression...
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By Ilan Stavans
Published: 25 April 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373179-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7317-9
... The first chapter uses a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet about being true to one’s self to understand the concept of self in Western thought, as well as ways of “capturing” the self. It proceeds to define selfies as technological inventions of the mobile phone and questions whether they ought...
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... When we choose one form of money over another, hand over a debit card or pay by mobile phone, we make a political choice, and we participate in the making of a community. By exploring people’s monetary repertoires, and the use cases for money technologies, we also explore the constitution...
Published: 03 February 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373414-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7341-4
... Chapter 4 moves past professional documentaries to consider amateur videos that circulate online. It analyzes two violent 2009 deaths that were each captured by multiple mobile phone cameras, with footage posted on YouTube. The victims were Oscar Grant, a young Black man killed in Oakland...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 03 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7401-5
... hop diaspora Wayde Compton historiography turntablism Based on the author’s artistic project IntuiTweet, which integrates movement improvisation, phenomenological writing, mobile phones, and the popular social-networking platform Twitter, this chapter explores choreographic and performative...
Published: 01 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374572-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7457-2
..., in particular the language of texting, was credited by middle-class actors for mobilizing the crowd in support of the coup. But this chapter also looks at how the crowd eluded middle-class attempts at commanding and instrumentalizing their energies. Instead of serving, like the cell phone, as the ready medium...
Published: 01 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374572-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7457-2
... distinct but related media: the cell phone and the crowd. Cell phones, in particular the language of texting, was credited by middle-class actors for mobilizing the crowd in support of the coup. But this chapter also looks at how the crowd eluded middle-class attempts at commanding and instrumentalizing...