Mobile phone appropriation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  title={Mobile phone appropriation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil},
  author={Adriana de Souza e Silva and Daniel M. Sutko and Fernando A. Salis and Claudio de Souza e Silva},
  journal={New Media & Society},
This qualitative case study describes the social appropriation of mobile phones among low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) by asking how favela (slum) residents appropriate cell phones. Findings highlight the difficulty these populations encounter in acquiring and using cell phones due to social and economic factors, and the consequent subversive or illegal tactics used to gain access to such technology. Moreover, these tactics are embedded in and exemplars of the cyclic power… CONTINUE READING

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