New Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

By Jarice Hanson, Uma Narula

© 1990 – Routledge

180 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Technology in Developing Countries. The Power of Information Technology. Theories and Applications of Information Technologies. India: A Case Study. India's Border Nations, ASEAN, and Pacific Communities: Case Studies. Latin America: A Case Study. Arab Nations: A Case Study. Conclusions and Recommendations.

About the Series

Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies