The domestication of the mobile phone: oral society and new ICT in Burkina Faso

  title={The domestication of the mobile phone: oral society and new ICT in Burkina Faso},
  author={H. P. Hahn and Ludovic Kibora},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={87 - 109}
ABSTRACT This article addresses the topic of the recent boom in mobile phones in Burkina Faso. Mobile phones are placed in the theoretical framework of domestication and, more particularly, of cultural appropriation. They are therefore regarded not only as devices to communicate, but also as material objects which cause economic problems and may affect social relations through the uneven disposition over such objects. As in many other African countries, the growth of mobile phone usage in… Expand
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