Key Texts

Last updated on 14 Dec 2010

Here we list only the essential Mobile Livelihoods readings, up to a maximum of 20 texts. Further suggestions are always welcome.

  1. Abraham, R. (2007) ‘Mobile Phones and Economic Development: Evidence from the Fishing Industry in India’, Information Technologies and International Development 4(1): 5-17.
  2. Acker, J. and I.M. Mbiti (2010) Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa – Working Paper 211, Center for Global Development (
  3. Bhavnani, A. et al (2008). The Role of Mobile Phones in Sustainable Rural Poverty Reduction. World Bank.
  4. Bruijn, Mirjam de; Francis Nyamnjoh & Inge Brinkman (Eds) (2009) Mobile Phones: The New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa. Mankon: LRPCII.
  5. Castells, Manuel, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu and Araba Sey (2007) Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective. Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.
  6. Christensen, T.K. and I. Røpke (2010) Can practice theory inspire studies of ICTs in everyday life? In Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.
  7. Donner, J. (2008) Research Approaches to Mobile Use in the Developing World: A Review of the Literature. The Information Society 24, 3 (May. 2008), 140-159.
  8. Donner, J. (2009) ‘Blurring Livelihoods and Lives: The Social Uses of Mobile Phones and Socioeconomic Development’, Innovations 4(1): 91-101.
  9. Donner, J., & Escobari, M. X. (2010). A review of evidence on mobile use by micro and small enterprises in developing countries. Journal of International Development, 22:5, 641-658. doi: 10.1002/jid.1717,
  10. GSMA (2010) Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity. A study on the mobile phone gender gap in low and middle-income countries. The GSMA Development Fund.
  11. Horst, H. A. and D. Miller (2006) The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication. New York, NY: Berg.
  12. Jagun, A., R. Heeks and J. Whalley (2008) ‘The Impact of Mobile Telephony on Developing Country Micro-Enterprise: A Nigerian Case Study’, Information Technologies and International Development 4(4): 47-65.
  13. Jensen, R. (2007) ‘The Digital Provide: Information (Technology), Market Performance, and Welfare in the South Indian Fisheries Sector’, The Quarterly Journal of Economics 122(3): 879-924.
  14. Rao, M. and Lendoza, L. (2005) Asia Unplugged: the Wireless and Mobile Media Boom in Asia-Pacific. Sage. See Review
  15. Sullivan, Nicholas p., 2007, You can hear me now: how microloans and cell phones are connecting the world’s poor to the Global Economy, Josse-Bass Publishing. California, USA .
  16. Stammler, F. M. (2009). Mobile Phone Revolution in the Tundra? Technological change among Russian reindeer nomads. Folklore (Tartu) 41, 47-78.
  17. Tenhunen, S. (2008) Mobile Technology in the Village: ICTs, culture, and social logistics in India. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (14), 515-534.
  18. Ureta, S. (2008) ‘Mobilising Poverty?: Mobile Phone Use and Everyday Spatial Mobility Among Low-Income Families in Santiago, Chile’ The Information Society, 24: 83–92.

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