Early experience of mobile telephony : a comparison of two villages in Papua New Guinea
Watson, Amanda H. A. (2011) Early experience of mobile telephony : a comparison of two villages in Papua New Guinea. Media Asia, 38(3), pp. 170-180.
This paper examines social change following the recent introduction of mobile telephony into rural communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It presents the findings of substantial fieldwork conducted in 2009, and suggests ways in which the new technology is already changing people’s lives and relationships. The paper identifies the roles of mobile telephones in two communities, the changes taking place, and how villagers are responding to them. Comparison of the two villages is strategic as it highlights similarities in perceptions of mobile phones in these two very different settings. An ethnographic approach is adopted, situated within an interpretative methodology. Data collection methods include semi-structured interviews, orally-administered surveys and participant observation. The theoretical lens is focused on the ‘communicative ecology’ concept, which stems from the communication research tradition. This research is significant as it addresses changes currently occurring in the communication methods of whole communities.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||mobile phone, communication, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Melanesia|
|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 2011 The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre|
|Deposited On:||26 Feb 2012 22:24|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2013 03:25|
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