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Title:Cell Phones, Social Inequality, and Contemporary Culture in Nigeria
Author:Smith, Daniel J.ISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:40
Issue:3
Pages:496-523
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:telecommunications
social inequality
small enterprises
social status
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/25433906
Abstract:This paper describes the economic, political and social effects of the rapidly proliferating technology of cell phones in Nigeria. In addition to their contribution to the creation of small businesses, their centrality in the materiality of extramarital relationships, and their symbolic role in the representation of class, status and gender positions, cell phones have become intertwined with Nigerian political consciousness, and particularly with popular discontent about corruption. Central to Nigerians' ambivalence about cell phones is the issue of inequality. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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