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2010 in review, thanks for your visits

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 22 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 286kb.

The busiest day of the year was May 10th with 229 views. The most popular post that day was Mobile phone revolution in the Tundra?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mobile livelihoods, francisco+osorio+john+postill, notes on wireless communication, wireless communication notes, and katrien pype.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Mobile phone revolution in the Tundra? May 2010


Anthropological Mobile Phone Studies (2000/2010) April 2010


Mobile Phone Studies using Anthropological Journal Databases April 2010


Readings March 2010


People March 2010


Mobile Phone Anthropology in Mendeley

We have created a public collection of research papers and books about mobile phone studies conducted by anthropologists in Mendeley.

If you are interested, you can join the Mendeley shared public collection to have access to the PDFs files in that list (when possible).

ICT4D bibliography

Ismael Peña-López, PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society and lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, has kindly posted the following ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) bibliography on his blog:

Avgerou, C. (2007). “Information Systems in Developing Countries: a Critical Research Review”. In Journal of Information Technology, 23 (3), 133-146. Department of Management LSE, Working Paper Series #165. London. Retrieved March 01, 2010 from

Avgerou, C. (2008). Information Systems in Developing Countries: a Critical Research Review. Department of Management LSE, Working Paper Series #165. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved March 01, 2010 from

Avgerou, C. (2009). “Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries’ Research”. In Byrne, E., Nicholson, B. & Salem, F. (Eds.), Assessing the Contribution of ICT to Development Goals, 1-21. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Dubai, May 26th-28th, 2009. Dubai: Dubai School of Government. Retrieved March 01, 2010 from Papers/Avgerou_Discourses on Innovation and Development.pdf

Badran, M. F. (2010). Is ICT empowering women in Egypt? An empirical study. ICT and Development – Research Voices from Africa. International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Commission 9 – Relationship Between Computers and Society. Workshop at Makerere University, Uganda. 22-23 March 2010. Kampala: Makerere University. Retrieved April 06, 2010 from

Best, M. L. (2010). Understanding our Knowledge Gaps: Or, Do we have an ICT4D field? And do we want one?. Cambridge: Publius Project. Retrieved February 15, 2010 from

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New page: Reviews of mobile livelihoods books and literature

By John Postill

We now have a new page entitled Reviews. This page is devoted to literature reviews and book reviews of relevance to the theme of mobile livelihoods. Further suggestions are always gratefully received.

Mobile technologies for gender development (M4GD)

By John Postill

I have just discovered a very interesting research project named Mobile technology, gender and development in Africa, India and Bangladesh. This project is based at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and funded by the Academy of Finland (2010-2013). The project leader is Prof. Laura Stark:

“Project members will conduct empirical, interview-based field research in Africa and South Asia on the new opportunities and challenges offered by mobile technologies for women and girls, and how mobile technologies are already impacting gender relations in these areas. We will conduct research in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, South Africa and Tanzania.”

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Mobile rewards

Mobile rewards: a critical review of the Mobiles for Development (M4D) literature

A paper proposal to the Media Anthropology Network workshop, The Rewards of Media. EASA2010: Crisis and imagination (24/08/2010 – 27/08/2010)

Francisco Osorio and John Postill
Sheffield Hallam University


The extraordinary rate of diffusion and adoption of mobile phones across the global South over the past decade has given rise to a new interdisciplinary field known as Mobiles for Development (M4D). The key debate in the field is whether mobile phones are having any significant impact on the economic livelihoods of marginalised people living in regions such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. Positions range from those who argue that mobiles are finally enabling poor people to overcome the digital divide to those who suggest that mobiles are in fact exacerbating old inequalities, through a number of in-between positions, including that of scholars who argue that only some low-income people (e.g. micro-entrepreneurs) are reaping the economic rewards of mobile phones. This paper is a critical review of the multilingual, peer-reviewed M4D literature on this unresolved debate from 2001 to 2010. Drawing from the theory of practice, we search for novel ways of mapping the shifting rewards of mobile practices under conditions of rapid change. The two main working assumptions are that mobile phones have blurred the lines between lives and livelihoods (Donner 2009) and that the rewards of mobile practices in the global South are of many different kinds (financial, social, expressive, sensual, etc., Warde 2005) and not solely ‘for development’.

See full list of proposals here

Welcome to Mobile Livelihoods

Welcome to our new site! To find out more about us, please see the About page. We’ll be posting information about our research programme shortly.

Francisco Osorio and John Postill