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Networks of Communication in South Africa
New Media, New Technologies

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107185630

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  • Within a short period of time, South Africa has made remarkable progress in the adoption of mobile and Internet technologies. In this landmark study, R. Sooryamoorthy examines the development of communication patterns, social contacts and networks in South Africa. Based on pioneering quantitative and qualitative data, he analyses trends in changing media use in Africa, showing the development of the use of new media for communication by South Africans of all ages, races and genders in relation to the development of media infrastructure, its cost and government policy. It shows how people use the media for communication purposes that affirm or break their social contacts and networks, and how they apply media to establish, re-establish or maintain social relationships. This book will be of interest to those researching the growth of communication technology in Africa, as well as those involved in the wider fields of development studies and economics.

    • A pioneering insight into new media networks in South Africa, broadening the understanding of new media and communications for general readers, students and scholars alike
    • Studies how new media technologies are used effectively for building different kinds of networks, and how the communication patterns have impacted on the formation and maintenance of social contacts and relationships
    • Provides a comprehensive timeline of development in communication practices and media adoption that can be applied to the wider developing world
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    ‘Empirically grounded in the latest survey data and sharp ethnographic observations, R. Sooryamoorthy presents us with a fascinating overview of the new media uses in a rapidly changing society. Broad in scope, yet rich in detail, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how South Africans connect and communicate via internet and mobile phones.' Markus S. Schulz, Vice-President for Research of the International Sociological Association

    ‘This book should be mandatory reading for anyone researching new and social media usage in Southern Africa. This empirical study makes a much needed contribution to a research field whose literature remains strongly northern hemispheric in its contexts and perspectives. Apart from the spate of studies on the 'Arab Spring' events, there remains too little research on social media penetration on the rest of the African continent. This book makes good that gap. It will also benefit researchers interested in using mixed methods in social media research.’ Marc Caldwell, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107185630
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 map 33 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. New media and the new worlds of communication
    2. The cellphone and the internet: the African communiscape
    3. The media, old and new: uses, trends and patterns
    4. Media use in South Africa
    5. The indispensability of cellphones in communication
    6. Electronic communication: access, application and uses
    7. Media, communication and social networks
    8. Social networks – structure and location
    9. Media, communication and networks.

  • Author

    R. Sooryamoorthy, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    R. Sooryamoorthy is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is a rated scientist of the National Research Foundation in South Africa and has previously taught at universities in India, Canada and Sweden. He is the author of several books on India and South Africa.

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