Phone-made poiesies: towards an ethnography of call and response

Deger, Jennifer (2018) Phone-made poiesies: towards an ethnography of call and response. In: Bell, Joshua A., and Kuipers, Joel C., (eds.) Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones. Routledge Studies in Anthropology . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 128-147.

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Working with Yolngu attunes one to the power of resonance. Without it, the world seems staccato and slippery thin; its endings too brutally final; the grabby inertia of the day-to-day just plain exhausting.

By making ideas, people, places, and images resonate with each other, we call into being – and locate ourselves within – worlds of tremulous relationality. This is the stuff of kinship proper: worlds revealed as generative, patterned by cross-cuttings of similitude and difference, structured through an ethics of affinity.

A dynamic of call and response worlds the world in quite particular ways. Beyond the back-and-forth logistics of information transfer, a play of call and response can create and affirm relationships premised on simultaneous connection and separation. It foregrounds a kind of shared, relational agency. To set up the dynamic of call and response is to produce moments of enlivening: as one draws the other into response and expression, something new comes into the world – something that would not exist without this incitement of the other.

Item ID: 54776
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-22967-9
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 01:28
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