social transformation

Harald Sterly, Daniel Gerads: Call Me in the Dorm. Mobile Communication and the Shifting Topographies of Intimate Relationships in Bangladesh, pp. 273-296

In Bangladesh, as in many other national and cultural settings, intimate relations and intimacy between married and especially non-married couples are restricted by strong socio-cultural norms. These restrictions vary across different places, and thus distinct topographies of intimacy can be discerned. Mobile communication is currently chal­leng­ing such topographies by enabling interaction and “virtual intimacy” across physical barriers and over spatial distances, or by helping to conceal relationships and interactions. This study examines these spatial shifts with three examples.

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