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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies$
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James E. Katz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113120

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001

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Mobile Traders and Mobile Phones in Ghana

Mobile Traders and Mobile Phones in Ghana

(p.43) 4 Mobile Traders and Mobile Phones in Ghana
Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Ragnhild Overå

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the impact of improvements in the accessibility of telephones and mobile phones on Ghana’s agricultural production traders’ daily life and economic opportunities. It further discusses changes in the social, economic, and spatial practices of traders following the acquisition of mobile phones. The chapter also explores the advantages of mobile phones for rural–urban traders who travel long distances due to the nature of their work. It further highlights the lack of mobile communication coverage problem that neutralizes the positive impact of mobile communication technology. The chapter presents the strategies for traders in adopting new technology and in helping them to organize their work.

Keywords:   telephones, mobile phones, traders, economic opportunities, telecommunication infrastructure

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