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Title: Mobile phone appropriation and migrant acculturation : a case study of an Indian community in Singapore
Authors: Aricat, Rajiv George
Karnowski, Veronika
Chib, Arul
Keywords: Appropriation
DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Aricat, R. G., Karnowski, V. & Chib, A. (2015). Mobile phone appropriation and migrant acculturation : a case study of an Indian community in Singapore. International Journal of Communication, 9(1), 2221-2242.
Series/Report no.: International Journal of Communication
Abstract: This research explores how the mobile phone appropriation patterns of an Indian migrant group in Singapore are linked to acculturation strategies. The circular model of mobile phone appropriation was adopted to investigate aspects of usage and handling, prestige and social identity, and metacommunication. Following a pluralistic-typological approach, acculturation patterns identified relate to migrants’ maintenance of cultural identity and relationships with the Singaporean host society. In-depth interviews among 33 low-skilled male migrants from an Indian Malayali migrant community reveal that the four appropriation types convenience seeker, experimenter, group communicator, and tabula rasa were linked to three acculturation types observed: culture campaigner, culture connoisseur, and culturally petrified.
Rights: © 2015 (Rajiv George Aricat, Veronika Karnowski, & Arul Chib). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at
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