Review of de Bruijn, M., F. Nyamnjoh and I. Brinkman (eds.). 2009. Mobile phones : the new talking drums of everyday Africa

Watson, Amanda H. A. (2010) Review of de Bruijn, M., F. Nyamnjoh and I. Brinkman (eds.). 2009. Mobile phones : the new talking drums of everyday Africa. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(2), pp. 123-126.

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Since the late 1990s, there has been great enthusiasm expressed about the positive impact that can be obtained for poor and disadvantaged people from information and communication technologies (ICTs). This school of thought among researchers and practitioners is identified as ICTs for development (ICT4D). By contrast, a growing number of researchers eschew the technologically deterministic nature of the claims being made for development progress and seek to understand the role of technology in people’s lives, primarily through ethnographic studies. This book, which focuses on mobile telephony on the African continent, fits into the latter body of literature, with several authors explicitly stating they are examining social and cultural settings and are not taking a technologically deterministic view. The book captures the diverse ways various communities are using this communication technology. It adds to the burgeoning field of mobile phone studies, in which an increasing number of studies is emerging from developing countries.

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ID Code: 40891
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: de Bruijn, M., F. Nyamnjoh and I. Brinkman (eds.). 2009. "Mobile phones : the new talking drums of everyday Africa", Leiden: Langaa and African Studies Centre ISBN 9956-558-53-2
Keywords: mobile phone, Africa, cell phone, development, technology
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 University of Queensland
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2011 23:20
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 06:41

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