From garamut to mobile phone : Communication change in rural Papua New Guinea

Watson, Amanda H.A. & Duffield, Lee R. (2016) From garamut to mobile phone : Communication change in rural Papua New Guinea. Mobile Media and Communication, 4(2), pp. 270-287.

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Abstract

This article presents the attitudinal response of rural villagers in Papua New Guinea to mobile telephony, based on a threshold study made during the early stages of its adoption. The research indicates that the introduction of mobile telecommunications has generally been viewed positively, with mobile phones affording social interaction with loved ones. Nonetheless, negative concerns have been strongly felt, notably financial costs and anxiety about mobile phones aiding in the coordination of extramarital liaisons and criminal activities. The communities investigated previously had scant access to modern communication technologies, some still using traditional means such as wooden slit drums, known locally as garamuts. The expansion of mobile network coverage has introduced into communal village life the capability to communicate dyadically and privately at a distance. Investigation into the adoption of mobile phones thus promotes understanding about traditional means of communication and notions of public and private interactions.

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ID Code: 91652
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Garamut, adoption, cell phone, communication, drum, early adoption, marriage, Melanesia, mobile phone, Nokia, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, private, public, rural, slit gong, social
DOI: 10.1177/2050157915622658
ISSN: 2050-1587
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: The Author(s) 2015
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2016 23:05
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 06:16

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