Great Indian Phone Book How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

ISBN-10: 0674072685
ISBN-13: 9780674072688
Edition: 2013
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Description: In 2001, India had 4 million cell phone subscribers. Ten years later, that number had exploded to more than 750 million. Over just a decade, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare and unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized, affordable staple,  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

In 2001, India had 4 million cell phone subscribers. Ten years later, that number had exploded to more than 750 million. Over just a decade, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare and unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized, affordable staple, taken for granted by poor fishermen in Kerala and affluent entrepreneurs in Mumbai alike. The Great Indian Phone Book investigates the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history, one which has disrupted more people and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, automobile, or railways, though it has qualities of all four.In this fast-paced study, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey explore the whole ecosystem of the cheap mobile phone. Blending journalistic immediacy with years of field-research experience in India, they portray the capitalists and bureaucrats who control the cellular infrastructure and wrestle over bandwidth rights, the marketers and technicians who bring mobile phones to the masses, and the often poor, village-bound users who adapt these addictive and sometimes troublesome devices to their daily lives. Examining the challenges cell phones pose to a hierarchy-bound country, the authors argue that in India, where caste and gender restrictions have defined power for generations, the disruptive potential of mobile phones is even greater than elsewhere.The Great Indian Phone Book is a rigorously researched, multidimensional tale of what can happen when a powerful and readily available technology is placed in the hands of a large, still predominantly poor population.

Preface
Glossary
Abbreviations
List of Maps, Illustrations, Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Radio Frequency and Mobile Phones
Introduction: 'So Uncanny and Out of Place'
In India
In the world
In conclusion
Controlling
Controlling Communication
Horses, runners and rulers
Untying communication
Celling India
'… Within a fortnight…'
Sidelining the referee
Bread, clothing, shelter-and a mobile
Schools for scandal
Connecting
Missionaries of the Mobile
Man's best friend
Talk time-small, medium, large
The art of retail
Mechanics of the Mobile
People
Factory workers
Tower walas
Mistriis
Trainers and trainees
Process
The Care Centre
Consuming
For Business
On the sea…
Around the globe…
At the bank…
On the river…
On the farm…
Empowering, ensnaring or just chatting …?
For Politics
'Smart mobs' in the world
'Smart organisations' in India
Limits, lessons and possibilities
For Women and Households
Who will guard the mobile?
The household mobile
Ownership and property
Romance, marriage and the mobile
For 'Wrongdoing': 'Waywardness' to Terror
'Waywardness'
Pornography
Crime
Scandal and surveillance
Espionage and terror
Conclusion: 'It's the autonomy, stupid'
Health
Mobile waste
Social networks
Language and media
Politics and governance
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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