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"I'm a picture girl.": Mobile photography in Tanzania
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2016 (English)In: Digital photography and everyday life: Empirical studies on material visual practices / [ed] Edgar GoĢmez Cruz, Asko Lehmuskallio, New York: Routledge, 2016, 19-34 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on mobile photography in Tanzania, with an emphasis on the materiality of production and circulation. Shaped by the materiality of the mobile phone, a personal artefact that embodies cultural expectations of modernity and social mobility, mobile photography mediates the management of social relations, the performance of cultural identity and the creative agency of self-expression, while fuelling fears of commercial exploitation and loss of control. On the one hand, mobile phones afford possession of a camera device, allowing people to explore and engage in photography in everyday life. In a Tanzanian context, mobile photography is thus a relatively accessible entry point into modern forms of self-representation and self-expression, captured with digital technology and distributed over mobile networks. On the other hand, since mobile phones are personalized artefacts, functioning like material extensions of the self, mobile photography also carries conflicting narratives of loss and control, while the mediated construction of modern subjects is shaped by structural conditions of social inequality and cultural commodification.

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New York: Routledge, 2016. 19-34 p.
, Routledge studies in European communication research and education
Keyword [en]
mobile photography, digital media, Tanzania, visual, materiality
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130527ISBN: 9781138899810ISBN: 9781138899803OAI: diva2:930687
Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-05-30Bibliographically approved

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