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Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile

The Experience of Peruvian Migrants

An anthropological account of the experience of aging among Peruvian immigrants to Chile in the smartphone era.

What does it mean to be aging in Chile as a migrant? Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile analyzes the experience of aging for Peruvian migrants aged around sixty who have lived in Chile for more than twenty years. Their lives, we discover, are informed by a series of experiences of being ‘in between’. They live between two countries, two generations, and two different stages in life, between giving care and not wanting care, and between a continuing legacy and not transmitting legacy. By focusing on the entanglement of aging, migration, and technology, this book is an ethnographic contribution to an unexplored subject in the vast literature on migration studies in Chile.

208 pages | 30 color plates | 6.125 x 9.1875

Ageing with Smartphones

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Culture Studies

Media Studies

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of abbreviations
Series foreword

1 Introduction
2 The experience of ageing: Between retained youth and early frailties
3 Everyday life: Food, faith, work and the invisible point of no return
4 Social Relations: Intensified Peruvian sociality abroad
5 Crafting the smartphone: Keeping up through digital bridges
6 Health and Care: In-between dynamics of care: always caregivers, never care receivers
7 The Devotion of Peruvian migrants
8 Life purpose: Work and family: a sacrifice for the
new generations
9 Conclusion. Negotiations in later life. The
sacrifice of continuity


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