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date: 05 June 2020

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The authors coin the term mGender to refer to the strand of mobile communication research concerning the role of mobile phone use in gender construction processes. From a gender lens, they map out the landscape of extant scholarship, categorizing its historical progression into four phases. In general, the research focus has evolved from mobile phone use for doing gender to undoing gender to being without guarantees, culminating in contextualized interpretations of the part played by the phone. The authors suggest that future mGender research broaden the investigation, shifting from solely examining mobile mediated individual gender negotiation to understanding the transformation of gendered social power structures. Additionally, more inclusive constructions of mGender would allow for scholarly exploration of the possible social meanings embodied by mobile phone use of underrepresented social groups, such as LGBTQ communities, in their largely ignored gender construction processes.

Keywords: mGender, mobile phone use, doing gender, undoing gender, intersectionality

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