New Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

New Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

New Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

New Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

Synopsis

This volume explores how a number of developing countries -- including India, Malaysia, Columbia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia -- are responding to the pressures of the information society. Infrastructural development, policies, and social systems are investigated, and models of information technologies and society are proposed in order to better reference the differences and similarities among the nations profiled. The authors identify the social technology perspective via the assimilation of technology in lifestyles and social systems. From this perspective, the diffusion of technologies is analyzed with a critical eye for theories of culture lag, diffusion and innovation, and technological determinism and liberalism. The social perspective is a new addition to development studies, and the reader may see how, as the global information society comes into focus, the social dimensions are more important than some theorists originally envisioned.

Excerpt

This book is a product of the information revolution. It represents a collaboration of two minds over 26,000 miles--a true product of the information society in itself, and subject to the typical problems of postal services, telephony, and international computer transfer. Despite the problems of hardware and logistics, our goal has been to explore how several countries are responding to the pressures of the information society. We explore the scenarios in these countries by investigating infrastructural development, policies, and social systems, and we propose models of information technologies and society to better reference the differences and similarities among the nations profiled.

We have identified the social technology perspective with the assimilation of technology in lifestyles and social systems. From this perspective we look at the diffusion of technologies with a critical eye for theories of culture lag, diffusion and innovation, technological determinism and liberalism, and within the setting of the cultural context.

This book presumes the reader has some knowledge about the communication technologies, their revolution, development, and cultural contexts. The social technology perspective is a new addition to development studies, and the reader may see how as the global information society comes into focus, the social dimensions are more important than some theories had originally envisioned.

Jarice Hanson Uma Narula . . .

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