Trust and Knowing: Emerging technologies and mobility in the Global South

Sarah Pink, Rosamaria Lucena, Jananda Pinto, Angélica P.C. de Souza, Camille Caminha, Geraldina Maria de Siqueira, Mariana Duarte de Oliveira, Alex Gomes, Renata Zilse

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This chapter discusses how location awareness is constituted and becomes meaningful in the Global South. Taking a design anthropological approach, we show how the capacity that location-aware technologies are often supposed to have to drive changes in human experience and in society is muddied by the inevitable messiness, contingency, and forms of improvisation that characterize everyday life. Instead, we demonstrate how their use, meaning, and capacity to participate in processes of change in both individual lives and at a societal level are always situated. In doing so, we draw on our ethnographic research into commuting with location-aware smartphones and apps in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocation Technologies in International Context
EditorsRowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin, Heather A. Horst
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)78-1-315-54482-3
ISBN (Print)9781138682948
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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