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The politics of technology in Africa : communication, development, and nation-building in Ethiopia / Iginio Gagliardone (University of the Witwatersrand/University of Oxford).

Author:
Gagliardone, Iginio [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
ix, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary note:
As more Africans get online, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly hailed for their transformative potential. Yet, the fascination for the possibilities of promoting more inclusive forms of development in the information age have obfuscated the reality of the complex negotiations among political and economic actors who are seeking to use technology in their competition for power. Building on over ten years of research in Ethiopia, Iginio Gagliardone investigates the relationship between politics, development, and technological adoption in Africa's second most populous country and its largest recipient of development aid. The emphasis the book places on the 'technopolitics' of ICTs, and on their ability to embody and enact political goals, offers a strong and empirically grounded counter-argument to prevalent approaches to the study of technology and development that can be applied to other cases in Africa and beyond.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-177) and index.
Contents:
Technopolitics, communication technologies and development -- Avoiding politics: international and local discourses on ICTs -- A quest for hegemony: the use of ICTs in support of the Ethiopian national project -- Ethiopia's developmental and sovereign technopolitical regimes -- Resisting alternative technopolitical regimes -- ICT for development, human rights and the changing geopolitical order.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781107177857 (hardback)
  • 1107177855 (hardback)
LCCN:
2016021107
OCLC:
948805382
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