Private mobile phones and public communication drums in rural Papua New Guinea

Watson, Amanda Hazel Ann & Duffield, Lee Richard (2016) Private mobile phones and public communication drums in rural Papua New Guinea. In Dyson, Laurel Evelyn, Grant, Stephen, & Hendriks, Max (Eds.) Indigenous People and Mobile Technologies. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), New York & Oxon, pp. 92-106.

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The voice of a traditional communication drum can be heard over great distances. Yet now in Papua New Guinea (PNG) it is hearing, by phone, the voice of a loved one who has moved far away from home for work, marriage or studies that brings the greatest delight. As recently as 2007, most areas of this Pacific island nation had no form of telephony available. Apart from radio, modern communication forms have been restricted predominantly to the urban areas where only a small percentage of the people reside. Landline telephones, television, Internet, facsimile machines and so on have never reached the majority of the inhabited areas...

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ID Code: 92677
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Mobile phones, Garamut, Public Communication, Papua New Guinea
ISBN: 9781138793316
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2016 01:22
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 03:39

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