Rowman and Littlefield International

Digital Diasporas

Labour, Affect and Technomediation of India

By Radhika Gajjala

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Pages 170

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When we work or play through digital technologies – we also live in them. Communities form, conversations and social movements emerge spontaneously and through careful offline planning. While we have used disembodied communication and transportation technologies in the past– and still do –we have never before actually synchronously inhabited these communicative spaces, routes and networks in quite the way we do now. Digital Diasporas engages conversations across a selection of contemporary (gendered) Indian identified networks online: “Desis” creating place through labour and affective network formation in secondlife, Indian (diasporic) women engaged in digital domesticity, to Indian digital feminists engaged in debate and dialogue through Twitter.

Through particular conversations and ethnographic journeys and linking back to personal and South Asian histories of Internet mediation, Gajjala and her co-authors reveal how affect and gendered digital labour combine in the formation of global socio-economic environment.
Acknowledgements / Introduction / Part I / Prelude: What it was like to be an Indian woman on the Internet 1990 to 1996 -Radhika Gajjala / 1. Placing South Asian Digital Diasporas in Secondlife approx. 8200 done – Radhika Gajjala / 2. Desi youth hanging out in Digital Diasporas Radhika Gajjala and Yeonju / 3. Whatsappified Diasporas: Affective Circuits Radhika Gajjala and Tarishi Verma / Part II / 4. Ghar and Bahir: Conversations with Sriya Chattopadhyaya, Sarada Nori, Shobha S.V, Sneha P.P / 5. Gendered Labor, Gendered Space and “Women’s Work”: Socio-spacial negotiations by Indians and NRIs working from home – Sneha PP and Radhika Gajjala / Part III / 6. Indian women engaging digital publics - Radhika Gajjala / 7. Queering digital diasporas: A conversation. Radhika Gajjala and Smita Vannivar / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index / Author Bios
Radhika Gajjala is Professor of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Her previous books include Cyberculture and the Subaltern (Lexington, 2012) and Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women (Altamira, 2004). She has co-edited collections including Cyberfeminism 2.0 (Peter Lang 2012), Global Media Culture and Identity (Routledge 2011), South Asian Technospaces (Peter Lang 2008) and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice (Hampton Press2008).
She is also a member of the Fembot Collective and FemTechnet and is co-editor of ADA: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology.

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