[Air-L] New open access book: Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile (UCL Press)

Fox, Alison alison.fox at ucl.ac.uk
Mon Mar 27 02:30:12 PDT 2023

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UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a new open access book that may be of interest to list subscribers: Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile: The experience of Peruvian migrants by Alfonso Otaegui. Download it free: https://bit.ly/3JqS2Ne


Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile

The experience of Peruvian migrants

Alfonso Otaegui
Free download: https://bit.ly/3JqS2Ne

What does it mean to be ageing in Chile as a migrant? What does it mean to be late middle-aged nowadays? How does living half of your life in a foreign country impact perspectives on later life? Is retirement an opportunity to go back to the home country? What will happen to the next generation, raised in a different country from their parents?

Based on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork, Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile analyses the experience of ageing for Peruvian migrants aged around 60, who have lived in Chile for over 20 years. Their life is informed by a series of experiences of being in-between. They live between two countries, two generations (their Peruvian parents and their Chilean children), two different stages in life (retained youth and menacing old age), between giving care (to their parents) and not wanting care (from their children) and between a continuing legacy (through their children, who have a promising future) and not transmitting legacy (some traditions will not pass on to the next generation).

The Peruvian population has been one of the most studied in Chile with a wide variety of themes, from the insertion of migrants into the labour market to the spreading of Peruvian restaurants and also discrimination suffered by migrant children at schools, among many others. However, neither the experience of ageing of migrants in Chile nor the experience of late middle age has not been fully addressed. By focusing on the entanglement of ageing, migration and technology, this monograph is an ethnographic contribution to an unexplored subject in the vast literature on migration studies in Chile.

Free download: https://bit.ly/3JqS2Ne
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