Mobility and Displacement: refugees' mobile media practices in immigration detention

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Show simple item record Leung, Linda en_US 2009-08-20T14:36:31Z 2009-08-20T14:36:31Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2006006988 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Leung Linda 2007, 'Mobility and Displacement: refugees' mobile media practices in immigration detention', Queensland University of Technology, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-5. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1441-2616 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper discusses mobility in the context of displacement. How is the mobile phone appropriated by refugees in immigration detention? What does the mobile phone, and indeed, mobility, signify in an Australian policy landscape of mandatory detention of asylum seekers and formerly prohibited access to mobile phones for detainees inside immigration detention centres? What does this intimate about the perceived dangers of a??newa?? and mobile media? The authora??s preliminary research with refugees in Australian immigration detention centres compares policy and practice. Firstly, it interrogates the unwritten policies regulating refugeesa?? access to media technologies when incarcerated in immigration detention. As there is no written policy on technology access and practices vary across immigration detention centres, the information in this paper has been given by detainees and has not been verified by the management of detention centres. The paper suggests that the utopian promises of mobile media echo those made about cyberspace in the 1990s. Furthermore, the residual effects of such rhetoric have infiltrated government policy in terms of perceiving mobile media as dangerous when adopted by marginalised groups such as refugees. Secondly, the research examines how and why the mobile phone has been adopted by immigration detainees despite their former prohibition. It explores the ways in which refugees practice an imagined mobility through media whilst in detention, and finds that this is critical to sustaining connection with their imagined communities. en_US
dc.publisher Queensland University of Technology en_US
dc.title Mobility and Displacement: refugees' mobile media practices in immigration detention en_US
dc.parent M/C Journal en_US
dc.journal.volume 10 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 5 en_US IML en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 190205 en_US
dc.personcode 020017 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Interactive Media en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.staffid 020017 en_US

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