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Deconstructing Collective Behavior: The Case Of Early Mobile Phone Use Among Poor Youth In Bangladesh
Unformatted Document Text:  “We learn by building on top of each other strength. We encourage each other whenever others feel not capable like learning to SMS or sending greeting through mobile.” “Each of us goes a great length to help each other up. That’s expected from each of us, everytime without fail.” SHARING AS EARNING SOCIAL CAPITAL Almost all the youths that I interviewed were consistent in stating a preference for using a shared phone access either through a Public Calling Office (PCO) or sharing with family members or friends. It could be for sharing the cost of mobile phone ownership or it could it for other important reasons such as parental control and infrequent use. As I sought to understand how sharing takes place, I have a problem as it is notoriously difficult to capture the short-lived particularities of mobile phone use experience, especially during the early moments of its usage. Adding to the complexity, the lack of expressiveness of these poor youth in articulating their emotional and social side makes it harder to gather hard data to deconstruct what actually happened. What is needed is a more integrated approach where it is recognized that persons affect sharing practices and sharing practices affect persons such that the unfolding of time produces continuous change within the group, also socially. I employ a two-person or group interview to focus on the ongoing processes through which individuals in the group and contexts

Authors: Wong, Lip Soon.
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“We learn by building on top of each other strength. We encourage 
each other whenever others feel not capable like learning to SMS or 
sending greeting through mobile.”
“Each of us goes a great length to help each other up. That’s 
expected from each of us, everytime without fail.”
SHARING AS EARNING SOCIAL CAPITAL 
Almost all the youths that I interviewed were consistent in stating a 
preference for using a shared phone access either through a Public Calling 
Office (PCO) or sharing with family members or friends. It could be for 
sharing the cost of mobile phone ownership or it could it for other 
important reasons such as parental control and infrequent use. As I sought 
to understand how sharing takes place, I have a problem as it is 
notoriously difficult to capture the short-lived particularities of mobile 
phone use experience, especially during the early moments of its usage. 
Adding to the complexity, the lack of expressiveness of these poor youth 
in articulating their emotional and social side makes it harder to gather 
hard data to deconstruct what actually happened. 
What is needed is a more integrated approach where it is recognized that 
persons affect sharing practices and sharing practices affect persons such 
that the unfolding of time produces continuous change within the group, 
also socially. I employ a two-person or group interview to focus on the 
ongoing processes through which individuals in the group and contexts 


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