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      ‘We use it different, different’: Making sense of trends in mobile phone use in Ghana

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      New Media & Society
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          Drawing on ideas from the sustainable livelihoods approach to poverty reduction and the concept of technology appropriation, this article discusses findings from a mixed methods study exploring mobile phone use in Ghana. The results suggest that most respondents value their phone for the connectivity it affords with a variety of personal and professional contacts. In this sense, the mobile phone is not an overt means of poverty reduction for respondents but an integral part of their lives, in which it serves multiple functions. The study contributes empirical data to the emerging body of research on mobile phone communication in African countries.

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                Journal
                New Media & Society
                New Media & Society
                SAGE Publications
                1461-4448
                1461-7315
                May 2011
                March 31 2011
                May 2011
                : 13
                : 3
                : 375-390
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Washington Information School, USA,
                Article
                10.1177/1461444810393907
                53c10fd8-1a2e-4632-abac-fda7b34ada12
                © 2011

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