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Side@Ways: Mobile Margins and the Dynamics of Communication in Africa
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Marginality does not mean isolation. In Africa where people are permanently on the move in search, inter alia, of a ëbetter elsewhereí, marginality means disconnection to obvious possibilities and the invisibility of the myriad connections that make life possible for the ordinarily sidestepped. This book is about the workings of networks of the mobile in Africa, a continent usually associated with the ëglobal shadowsí of the world. How do changes in the possibilities for communication, with the recent hype of mobile technology, influence the social and economic dynamics in Africaís mobile margins? To what extent is the freedom associated with new Information and Communication Technologies reality or disillusion for people dwelling in the margins? Are ordinary Africans increasingly Side@Ways? How social are these emergent Side@Ways? Contributions to answering these and related questions are harvested from ethnographic insights by team members of the WOTRO funded ëMobile Africa revisitedí research programme hosted by the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. List of maps, photos, and tables
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Introduction: Mobile margins and the dynamics of communication
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Mobilité et moyens de communication au Guéra
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. 2. La connexion des marges: Marginalité politique et technologie de désenclavement en Basse Casamance (Sud du Sénégal)
  2. pp. 36-60
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  1. 3. ‘Angola my country, Cape Town my home’. A young migrant’s journey of social becoming and belonging
  2. pp. 61-81
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  1. 4. Transnational migration and marginality: Nigerian migrants in Anglophone Cameroon
  2. pp. 82-97
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  1. 5. Les femmes hadjaraye du Guéra à l’école d’alphabétisation
  2. pp. 98-112
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  1. 6. From foot messengers to cell phones: Communication in Kom, Cameroon, c. 1916-1998
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. 7. Grandeur ou misères des cabines téléphoniques privées et publiques au Mali
  2. pp. 129-158
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  1. 8. Information & communication technology and its impact on transnational migration: The case of Senegalese boat migrants
  2. pp. 159-177
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  1. 9. Identities of place: Mobile naming practices and social landscapes in Sudan
  2. pp. 178-198
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  1. List of authors
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. Back cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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