Shrinking Fourth World? Mobiles, Development, and Inclusion

Jonathan Donner

in Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780262113120
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262276818 | DOI:
Shrinking Fourth World? Mobiles, Development, and Inclusion

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This chapter focuses on the role of mobile communication devices in economic development in developing and underdeveloped communities. Information on the Fourth World, a part of society excluded from information technology, is presented, along with the role that mobile communication will play in diminishing the inequities characterizing the Fourth World. The implications of mobile technologies for the Fourth World, including the micro-economic impacts of mobile use and cross-cultural approach complications with regard to mobile theory, are presented. The chapter highlights the mobile communication usage pattern of emerging urban middle classes in the developing communities and compares it with their counterparts in developed communities.

Keywords: mobile communication; economic development; developing communities; Fourth World; urban middle classes; developed communities

Chapter.  5689 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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