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Title: Mobile/Social Media Use for Political Purposes Among Migrant Laborers in Singapore
Authors: Aricat, Rajiv George
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Communication theories and models
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Alternative media
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Aricat, R. G. (2015). Mobile/Social Media Use for Political Purposes Among Migrant Laborers in Singapore. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 12(1), 18-36.
Series/Report no.: Journal of Information Technology & Politics
Abstract: Political participation has generally been evaluated among civic resident populations using the indices of voting and campaign participation. However, migrants’ engagement with politics in their home country has become increasingly virtual with the advent of mobile/social media, suggesting a need to go beyond traditional theorizations. This article tries to understand how affordances of new media are leveraged by migrants with different political orientations as they engaged politically with their homeland. Two contexts were identified to understand their transnational political exchanges: (a) elections in homeland India, and (b) the backdrop of various civil society movements. In-depth interviews were conducted among 31 Indian migrants in Singapore with diverse political ideologies and linguistic backgrounds. Calling, messaging, sharing of news stories/posts, and commenting were the most commonly used mobile affordances. Social constructivist tradition in technology appropriation found support in the way respondents tested the affordances of mobile/social media before adding them to their usage repertoire. Due to limited political entitlements and lack of leeway in work schedules, no goal-oriented use of communication technologies was made. Political discussion hardly led to political action—such as demonstrations or public speeches—in the host country.
DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2014.994156
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Organisations: Strengthening Information Societies Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA) program
Rights: © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
Fulltext Permission: open
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