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Type: Journal article
Title: Managing distance: Rural poverty and the promise of communication in post-apartheid South Africa
Author: Skuse, A.
Cousins, T.
Citation: Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2007; 42(2):185-207
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0021-9096
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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
DOI: 10.1177/0021909607074867
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