Exploring How Mobile Phones Mediate Bonding, Bridging and Linking Social Capital in a South African Rural Area
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- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
: Mbalenhle Buthelezi and Lorenzo Dalvit
In the Global South, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to improve people’s lives. Impressive growth in the mobile phone sector has enabled previously marginalised communities to have remarkable access to communication flows (Castells, Fernandez-Ardevol, Qiu, and Sey, 2009). Mobile technologies are particularly popular in sub-Saharan Africa thanks to ‘their flexibility in choice as people can have a convenient prepaid plan, rapid rollout, adaptable for a paperless society, and requires low-level skills to install and use’ (Maree, 2014, 33).
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