The Great Indian Phone Book by Assa Doron
How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

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...the strength of the book lies in its repeated emphasis on technology as something that “does not eliminate political and social structures, though it may modify them”.
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Over just a decade in India, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare, unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized staple that even poor fisherman can afford. Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history and explore the whole ecosystem of cheap mobile phones.
 

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Assa Doron is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University. Robin Jeffrey is Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asia Studies and Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 356 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Travel, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Isaac Chotiner on Apr 12 2013

There is nothing triumphalist about Messrs. Doron and Jeffrey's analysis.

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The Economist

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on Mar 23 2013

...the strength of the book lies in its repeated emphasis on technology as something that “does not eliminate political and social structures, though it may modify them”.

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