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[ecrea] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Mobilities, Communication, and Asia

Thu Sep 27 13:47:12 GMT 2018

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on
Mobilities, Communication, and Asia
 The Special Section on “Mobilities, Communication, and Asia” examines
the interplay of communication, power, and movement amid large-scale
transformations throughout Asia.
Guest-edited by Mohan J. Dutta and Raka Shome, this Special Section brings
together 11 articles that theorize from and within Asia the social,
political, economic, and cultural contexts of im/mobilities, and the ways in
which these constitute constructions and negotiations of the social,
cultural, political, and economic. The articles depict communicative
negotiations amid movements in and across Asia, examining critically the
hegemonic formations of Asian mobility. They offer locally grounded
theoretical anchors for understanding these movements. The global movement of capital, commodities, and labor foreground certain
meanings of mobility while erasing other interpretations. Further, the
global movement of capital, while enabling and encouraging mobility for
some, renders many others immobile — disconnected, expelled, and erased
from the possibilities of movement. Mobility and immobility thus are not
binaries but are interrelated in a system that expresses and captures the
desires and violence of globalization. The figure of the migrant and the
various processes of migration make these relations both visible and
invisible. Mediated and communication practices — such as technology,
films, music, social media, and remittances — play intrinsic roles in
shaping and informing various forms of migration. Additionally, the transnational migration of communication practices
themselves constitutes new forms of mobilities and immobilities,
opportunities for enacting agency, identity formations, and collective
organizing in resistance. The articles in this Special Section draw on the
lived experiences of migrants in and across Asia to offer conceptual
frameworks for examining the nature of communication amid migration,
attending to the particulars of migration and simultaneously offering
globally anchored entry points to theorizing mobility.
 We invite you to read these articles that published September 26, 2018 in
the International Journal of Communication at
 Mobilities, Communication, and Asia: Introduction
Mohan Jyoti Dutta, Raka Shome
 Tracing the Discourse of Migrant Labor in China: Mobility, Fixity, and
Displacement in the Workshop of the World
Zhuo Ban
 Logics of Mobility: Social Movements and Their Networked Other
Shiv Ganesh
 “I Have Always Thought of My Family First”: An Analysis of Transnational
Caregiving Among Filipino Migrant Adult Children in Melbourne, Australia
Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto
 Essentialist Identities as Resistance to Immobilities: Communicative
Mobilities of Vietnamese Foreign Brides in Singapore
Arul Chib, Hoan Nguyen

Im/materializing Cross-Border Mobility: A Study of Mainland China–Hong
Kong Daigou [Cross-Border Shopping Services on Global Consumer Goods]
Xie ZhuoXiao
 Precarities of Migrant Work in Singapore: Migration, (Im)mobility, and
Neoliberal Governmentality
Mohan Dutta, Satveer Kaur-Gill
 Media, Mobility, and Resilience Among Diasporic Young People  Audrey Yue
 Mobile Media Photography and Intergenerational Families
Jolynna Sinanan, Larissa Hjorth, Kana Ohashi, Fumitoshi Kato
 Facebook, Long-Distance Marriages, and the Mediation of Intimacies
Kristel Anne Acedera, Brenda Yeoh
 Dreams and Desserts, Indigenous Migration, Service, and Mobility in India
Dolly Kikon

Larry Gross                                                        Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Mohan J. Dutta, Raka Shome
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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