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Africa's Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania



Africa's Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania

James T. Murphy, Pádraig Carmody

ISBN: 978-1-118-75130-5 January 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


Africa’s Information Revolution was recently announced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s Information Revolution presents an in-depth examination of the development and economic geographies accompanying the rapid diffusion of new ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the first book-length comparative case study ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts current information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) discourse by providing a counter to largely optimistic mainstream perspectives on Africa’s prospects for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative research based on more than 200 interviews with firms from a manufacturing and service industry in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights regarding the structural challenges facing Africa even in the context of the continent’s recent economic growth spurt
  • Combines perspectives from economic and development geography and science and technology studies to demonstrate the power of integrated conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, photos, diagrams and tables to highlight the concepts, field research settings, and key findings
Series Editors’ Preface viii

Acknowledgements ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

1 ICT4D: The Making of a Neoliberalized Meta-discourse (with Bjoern Surborg) 1

2 ICTs and Economic Development in Africa: Theorizing Channels, Assessing Impacts 25

3 ICTs, Industrial Change, and Globalization in Africa: A Conceptual Framework 47

4 ICTs in Action: SMMEs and Industrial Change in South Africa and Tanzania 73

5 ICT Integration, Sociotechnical Regimes, and Global Production Networks 113

6 Downgrading and Differentiation in African SMMEs 147

7 Emerging Regime and GPN Configurations: Neo-intermediation and ICT-enabled Extraversion (with Bjoern Surborg) 176

8 Conclusion 200

References 215

Index 243