Post-welfare mothers in Wi-Fi zones: Dreams of (im)mobile privatization in a neo-post world

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This essay explores women and mobile intimacy through the story of ""- a community-cooperative, never-launched Wi-Fi zone in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati-that intended to serve poor, unemployed, ambiguously raced single mothers whom project advocates called "Vanessa." "Vanessa" is significant as a "post-welfare" figure of feminine poverty who individualizes what, at other moments in history, has been understood as a political problem that demanded remedy via collective action. I conclude by calling on feminist scholars to move beyond taken-forgranted notions about the rewards of mobile privatization, and instead, embrace political struggle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-527
Number of pages11
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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