Technology-Culture Dialogue

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Setargew Kenaw Fantaw

Cultural and Sociotechnical Appropriation of Mobile Phones in Ethiopia

ISBN 978-3-643-90739-4
Band-Nr. 71
Jahr 2016
Seiten 192
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This study explores the dialogical relation between
technologies and societies with a focus on cultural and
socio-technical appropriation of mobile phone use in
Ethiopia. It dovetails mobile technology related issues; how
and why mobile phones are shared among users; how relations
are mediated between married couples; what opportunities the
mobile technology offers for repair men and women in the
country. Informed by the Social Construction of Technology
(SCOT) approach, the study represents mobile phone users as
„relevant social groups.“ It compares the meanings that
come out of these groups and makes a critical examination of
the notion of „co-construction“ in SCOT.

Setargew Kenaw Fantaw is an Assistant
Professor of Philosophy at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
His research interests include philosophy of science,
philosophy of technology, science & technology studies, and
cultural anthropology.