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|Title:||Managing distance: Rural poverty and the promise of communication in post-apartheid South Africa|
|Citation:||Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2007; 42(2):185-207|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd|
|Andrew Skuse; Thomas Cousins|
|Abstract:||This article examines rural telecommunications access and use among poor village households in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Discussion is based upon a content analysis of 165 telephone calls, as well as a broader information and communication technology (ICT) ownership, access and use survey undertaken in 50 poor households within a number of rural villages in the Mount Frere district. These data are complimented and supported by qualitative data emerging from a longer-term UK Department for International Development-funded study of ICT use and social communication practices among the urban and rural poor in South Africa. The purpose of the article is to: (i) question existing notions of telecommunications access; (ii) assess the extent to which rural inequalities are exacerbated or ameliorated by telecommunications access; and (iii) examine the extent to which telecommunications are enlisted as a strategic tool by poor households for maintaining kin-based redistributive networks and enhancing livelihood sustainability.|
|Keywords:||livelihoods; networks; poverty; South Africa; telecommunications|
|Description:||Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications|
|Appears in Collections:||Anthropology & Development Studies publications|
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