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The mobile phone in India and Nepal: Political economy, politics and society

Jeffrey, Robin; Doron, Assa

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This article scans the effects of mobile-phone communication, particularly in South Asia. It focuses on three important areas: political economy, politics and social practices. By 2012 India had more than 900 million telephone subscribers, 96 percent of them on cell phones, and the majority of users were the poor. At the other end of the social scale, the mobile phone provoked bitter struggles among some of India's biggest business houses and branches of government, and was responsible for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJeffrey, Robin
dc.contributor.authorDoron, Assa
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:23:08Z
dc.identifier.issn0030-851X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/66816
dc.description.abstractThis article scans the effects of mobile-phone communication, particularly in South Asia. It focuses on three important areas: political economy, politics and social practices. By 2012 India had more than 900 million telephone subscribers, 96 percent of them on cell phones, and the majority of users were the poor. At the other end of the social scale, the mobile phone provoked bitter struggles among some of India's biggest business houses and branches of government, and was responsible for criminal cases against politicians at the highest level. The essays in this volume are a reminder that technology is anything but neutral. The essays examine the many facets of mobile phone communication and the institutions, agents, mechanisms and networks such communication relies on. The essays contribute to efforts to interpret the effects of this technology and to gain insight into the most important aspect of the mobile phone: the sheer variety of activity (political, social and cultural) on which it impinges.
dc.publisherUBC Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourcePacific Affairs
dc.subjectKeywords: communication network; governance approach; institutional framework; mobile communication; political economy; social network; telecommunication; India; Nepal Cell phone; Consumption; Political economy; Social networks
dc.titleThe mobile phone in India and Nepal: Political economy, politics and society
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume85
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160100 - ANTHROPOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB1350
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJeffrey, Robin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDoron, Assa, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage469
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage481
local.identifier.doi10.5509/2012853469
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:45:22Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84866402304
local.identifier.thomsonID000308450200001
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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