Tribal Women’s New Relationship with the Cellphone: Social Changes in Kohgiluye va Boirahmad Province

This paper, based on 4 months’ field work in Iran through 2012-2013, presents kinship’s changes in Kohgiluye va Boirahmad Province where I have been conducting research since 1994. This province has been a Lor and Turkish tribal area until 1960’s, and most of the people still keep still their iidentity and their social relations concentrated on the kin. The introduction of the new communication technology in this province, in particular the cell phone, is changing the circulation of information as well as the character of kinships. That has surely been a social phenomenon for the last 5 years now: the women reinforce their solidarity with this instrument and have a greater influence on their family affairs.