Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Italy
Care and community in Milan and beyond
Based on 16 months of urban digital ethnographic research in Milan, the smartphone is shown to be a ‘constant companion’ in, of and for contemporary life. It accompanies people throughout the day and night, and through individual and collective experiences of movement, change and rupture. Smartphone practices tap into and reflect the moral anxieties of the present moment, while posing questions related to life values and purpose, identities and belonging, privacy and sociability.
Through her extensive investigation, Shireen Walton argues that ageing with smartphones in this contemporary urban Italian context is about living with ambiguity, change and contradiction, as well as developing curiosities about a changing world, our changing selves, and changing relationships with and to others. Ageing with smartphones is about figuring out how best to live together, differently.
Shireen Walton is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths,
University of London.
Shireen Walton is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Format: Open Access PDF
43 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2021
Publication: May 06, 2021
Series: Ageing with Smartphones