“Open access resources and translations on global smartphone use”

I am sharing an email with you. Full of good stuff (I also collect academic resources in this mini website): 

We would like to draw your attention to four open access publications
and translations deriving from the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart
Ageing (ASSA) <https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/assa/>. ASSA is a
collaborative research project based at UCL Anthropology which
highlights the impact of the smartphone on the experience of mid-life
(people who do not consider themselves either young or elderly) around
the world and considers the implications of the use of smartphones in
the field of mHealth.The project employs a team of 11 researchers
(mostly anthropologists) who conducted simultaneous 16-month
ethnographies in Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), Brazil, Cameroon, Chile,
China, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Uganda.

*The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology***
We propose an entirely original understanding of what smartphones are
and their consequences for users. We call it /The Transportal Home/,
since we regard it more as a place within which we live, rather than
simply a device we use. We suggest what’s important is the way
smartphones lend themselves to endless change and adaptation by users,
which allows them an unprecedented intimacy with users that we call
/Beyond Anthropomorphism/. The smartphone also leads to the /Death of
Proximity/, as people sitting next to you have actually gone back to
their /Transportal Home/. The smartphone changes our relationship to the
world through what we /Perpetual Opportunism/. Our research suggests
that usage is task-orientated rather than simply an aggregation of apps.
The book also looks at the impact of Covid-19, where smartphones were
used for both /care and surveillance/, a cultural rather than a
technological issue.

The Global Smartphone is available in the following languages:
English: The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology
Arabic: الهاتف الذكي العالمي: ما وراء تكنولوجيا الشباب
French: Le Smartphone Global: Au-delà d’une culture jeune
Italian: Lo Smartphone Globale: Non solo una tecnologia per giovani
Portuguese: O Smartphone Global: Uma tecnologia para além dos jovens
Spanish: El Smartphone Global: Más allá de una tecnología para jóvenes
Japanese: グローバル・スマートフォン
Chinese: 全球智能手机 超越青年科技

*Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Brazil
*We are also pleased to announce the publication of an eBook
specifically looking at smartphone use in urban Brazil. Based on
ethnographic research in São Paulo, ‘Ageing with Smartphones in Urban
Brazil’ shows how older people in a middle-class neighbourhood reconcile
expectations to eb healthy, autonomous and participate in society with
the freedom and pleasures reserved for the Third Age.
You can download the eBook for free here.

Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland: When life becomes craft
Based on two ethnographies, one within Dublin and the other from the
Dublin region, the book shows that people, rather than seeing themselves
as old, focus on crafting a new life in retirement. The smartphone has
become integral to this new trajectory. For some it is an intimidating
burden but for most, it has brought back the extended family and helped
resolve intergenerational conflicts. It has also become central to
health issues.
You can download the eBook for free here.

*Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Italy: Care and community in Milan and
*This book presents an anthropological account of the everyday
experiences of age and ageing in an inner-city neighbourhood in Milan
and beyond. It explores ageing and digital technologies amidst a
backdrop of rapid global technological innovation, including mHealth
(mobile health) and smart cities, and a number of wider socio-economic
and technological transformations that have brought about significant
changes in how people live, work and retire, and how they communicate
and care for each other.
Italian: Smart Ageing a Milano (e altrove): Soggettivà e socialità nei
contesti digitali urbani italiani
English: Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Italy: Care and community in
Milan and beyond

We believe it is very important, where we can, to ensure the
availability of our research findings to people, especially for those
whose first language is not English. We would be grateful if you can
spread news of these publications to any networks you are aware of. For
example, those who might find them useful for teaching purposes.

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