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'We cannot imagine life now without a mobile phone' is a frequent comment when Africans are asked about mobile phones. They have become part and parcel of the communication landscape in many urban and rural areas of Africa and the growth of mobile telephony is amazing: from 1 in 50 people being users in 2000 to 1 in 3 in 2008. Such growth is impressive but it does not even begin to tell us about the many ways in which mobile phones are being appropriated by Africans and how they are transforming or are being transformed by society in Africa. This volume ventures into such appropriation and mutual shaping. Rich in theoretical innovation and empirical substantiation, it brings together reflections on developments around the mobile phone by scholars of six African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Sudan and Tanzania) who explore the economic, social and cultural contexts in which the mobile phone is being adopted, adapted and harnessed by mobile Africa.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of photos
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  1. Preface
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  1. An excerpt from Married but available, a novel by Francis B. Nyamnjoh
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  1. 1. Introduction: Mobile communication and new social spaces in Africa
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. 2. Phoning anthropologists: The mobile phone’s (re-)shaping of anthropological research
  2. pp. 23-49
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  1. 3. From the elitist to the commonality of voice communication: The history of the telephone in Buea, Cameroon
  2. pp. 50-68
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  1. 4. The mobile phone, ‘modernity’ and change in Khartoum, Sudan
  2. pp. 69-91
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  1. 5. Trading places in Tanzania: Mobility and marginalization at a time of travel-saving technologies
  2. pp. 92-109
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  1. 6. Téléphonie mobile. L’appropriation du sms par une « société de l’oralité »
  2. pp. 110-124
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  1. 7. The healer and his phone: Medicinal dynamics among the Kapsiki/Higi of North Cameroon
  2. pp. 125-133
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  1. 8. The mobility of a mobile phone: Examining ‘Swahiliness’ through an object’s biography
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. 9. Could connectivity replace mobility? An analysis of Internet café use patterns in Accra, Ghana
  2. pp. 151-170
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  1. List of authors
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956579143
Related ISBN
9789956558537
MARC Record
OCLC
646835796
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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