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Mobile phones and the “commercialisation” of relationships: expressions of masculinity in Southern Mozambique

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“Nowadays, relationships are more commercialised”, explained Antonio, a 22 year-old Mozambican who had recently broken up with his girlfriend, “if you don't phone back when a girl sends you a bip, she'll run to another guy.” As he recalled the events that lead to their break-up, Antonio used mobile phone etiquette as an idiom to express his understanding of contemporary gender relations. In Mozambique, many people have passed “from no phone to [mobile] phone” (Orlove 2005: 699) and the recent...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Economics - Centre for the study of African Economies
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Institution:
Union College
Department:
Anthropology
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Institution:
University of Wyoming
Role:
Editor
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press Publisher's website
Pages:
25-41
Host title:
Super girls, gangstas, freeters, and xenomaniacs: gender and modernity in global youth cultures
Publication date:
2012-01-01
URN:
uuid:efe33c57-6e5c-41f4-a9e2-de45e534bdf7
Local pid:
ora:8347
ISBN:
978-0-8156-3274-0

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