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ERIC Number: EJ997718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Access to Technology in Transnational Social Fields: Simultaneity and Digital Literacy Socialization of Adult Immigrants
Nogueron-Liu, Silvia
International Multilingual Research Journal, v7 n1 p33-48 2013
Some studies of technology use by immigrants have explored the role of digital media in their maintenance of affiliations with their nations of origin. However, the potential for transnational social networks to serve as "resources" that facilitate digital literacy socialization for adult immigrant learners remains unexplored. In this study, I draw on the concepts of simultaneity and transnational social fields (Levitt & Glick Schiller, 2004) to analyze the relation between local and remote networks and the use of technology by immigrant learners. The findings reveal the configuration and exchange of resources across nation states, facilitated by family networks and by a local community center with the support of a Mexican institution. The findings also demonstrate the ways in which digital literacy practices were adopted by participants to maintain these transnational connections and to build new networks with local institutions. Implications for community-based technology programs for learners with transnational ties are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Mexico