Last updated 6 August 2010 (Hjorth 2009)

This is the Mobile Livelihoods bibliography so far. Further suggestions – including texts written in languages other than English – are most welcome. See also:

Key texts
Anthropological texts
Development Studies texts

  1. Abraham, Reuben 2006. “Mobile Phones and Economic Development: Evidence from the Fishing Industry in India,” in The International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, (ICTD 2006) Conference Proceedings (Berkeley, CA: IEEE).
  2. Aker, Jenny C. “Does Digital Divide or Provide? The Impact of Cell Phones on Grain Markets in
    Niger,” (Berkeley: University of California, 2008).
  3. Alzouma, G. (2008)  Téléphone mobile, Internet et développement : l’Afrique dans la société de l’information? », tic&société [En ligne], Vol. 2, n° 2,
  4. Barrantes, R. (2007) Oportunidades móviles: pobreza y acceso a la telefonía en América Latina y el Caribe. El caso de Perú. Lima, DIRSI.
  5. BATIK (2008) Point sur la téléphonie mobile en Afrique, n° 106, mai, pp. 4-5, <>
  6. Benitez, J. L. (2006). Transnational Dimensions of the Digital Divide among Salvadoran Immigrants in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Global Networks, 6(2), 181-199.
  7. Bonina, C and Rivero, M. (2008) Telefonía móvil y pobreza digital en América Latina. ¿Puede la expansión de los teléfonos celulares reducir la pobreza? Lima, Dirsi.
  8. Bhavnani, A. e. a. (2008). The Role of Mobile Phones in Sustainable Rural Poverty Reduction: World Bank.
  9. Bittman, M. B., J. E. and Wajcman, J. (2009). The Mobile Phone, Perpetual Contact and Time Pressure. Work, Employment and Society, 23(4), 673-691.
  10. Burrell, J. a. A., K. (2008). `I Have Great Desires to Look Beyond my World’: Trajectories of information and communication technology use among Ghanaians living New Media & Society, 10(2), 203-224.
  11. Camner, Gunnar, Pulver, Caroline, Sjoblom, Emil 2009, Mobile Money for the Unbanked, What Makes a Successful Mobile Money Implementation? Learnings from M-PESA in Kenya and Tanzania:
  12. Chib, Arul et al. 2008 “Midwives and Mobiles: Using ICTs to Improve Healthcare in Aceh Besar, Indonesia,” Asian Journal of Communication 18, no. 4.
  13. Dibakana, Jean-Aimé (2002) Usages sociaux du téléphone portable et nouvelles sociabilités au Congo, Politique africaine n° 85 – mars 2002.
  14. Diga, K. 2008 Mobile Cell Phones and Poverty Reduction: Technology Spending Patterns and Poverty Level Change among Households in Uganda. Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development, June 2-3, 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  15. Donner, J. 2005. “The Mobile Behaviors of Kigali’s Microentrepreneurs: Whom They Call…And Why,” in A Sense of Place: The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication, ed. Kristóf Nyíri (Vienna: Passagen Verlag).
  16. Donner, J. 2006. The Use of Mobile Phones by Microentrepreneurs in Kigali, Rwanda: Changes to Social and Business Networks, Information Technologies and International Development, vol.3, n° 2, pp.3-19.
  17. Donner, J. 2008.  “Shrinking Fourth World? Mobiles, Development, and Inclusion,” in Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, ed. James Katz (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
  18. Ekrine, S. ed 2010. SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa. Fahamu Books/Pambazuka Press.
  19. Fortunati, Leopoldina, Anna Maria Manganelli, Pui-lam Law, Shanhua Yang (2010) The mobile phone use in Mainland China: Some insights from an exploratory study in Beijing, Telematics and Informatics, Volume 27, Issue 4, November 2010, Pages 404-417
  20. Garcia-Montes, J. M. e. a. (2006). Changes in the Self Resulting from the use of Mobile Phones. New Media & Society, 28(1), 67-82.
  21. Gueye, M. (2004): “Dynamique des réseaux et des systèmes de communication des migrants commerçants sénégalais. Du bouche à oreille au téléphone portable”, in Chéneau-Loquay, A. (dir.), Mondialisation et technologies de la communication en Afrique, Karthala-MSHA.
  22. Hahn, H.P. and Kibora, L. (2008) The Domestication of the Mobile Phone : Oral Society and New ICT in Burkina Faso, Journal of Modern African Studies, vol.46, n° 1, pp.87-109.
  23. Heeks, Richard 2008.  “Ict4d 2.0: The Next Phase of Applying ICT for International Development “
    Computer 41(6_).
  24. Hjorth, Larissa 2009. Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (Routledge).
  25. Horrigan, John 2009, Report: Mobile Wireless Internet Use, Pew Internet Organisation International Telecommunication Union (ICU) 2007, Market Information and Statistics,
  26. Horst, H. A. (2006). The Blessings and Burdens of Communication: Cell phones in Jamaican transnational social fields. Global Networks, 6(2), 143-159.
  27. Horst, H., & Miller, D. (2005). From Kinship to Link-Up: Cell phones and Social Networking in Jamaica. Current Anthropology, 6(5), 755-778.
  28. Hughes, Nick and Susie Lonie, “M-Pesa: Mobile Money for The ‘Unbanked’; Turning Cellphones
    into 24-Hour Tellers in Kenya,” Innovations 2(1-2) (2007).
  29. Idowu, Bayo, Eyitope Ogunbodede, and Bimbo Idowu 2003. “Information and Communication
    Technology in Nigeria: The Health Sector Experience,” Journal of Information Technology Impact
    3, no. 2.
  30. Ilahiane, Hsain and John Sherry 2005. “Mobile Phones, Globalization, and Economic Productivity in Urban Morocco,” in Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Santa Fe 2005).
  31. infoDev (2007). Serving the Poor with Mobile Technology: Information for Development Program.
  32. Isenberg, D, Knoop, C-I, & Lane, D (2007). Iqbal Quadir, Gonofone, and the Creation of Grameenphone (Bangladesh). Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.
  33. Islam, M. N. (2005). Multistakeholder Partnership in ICT4D: A Case Study of Village Phone Programme in Bangladesh. Global Knowledge Partnership, Foundation for Development Cooperation and DiploFoundation.
  34. Katz, James E. and Mark Aakhus 2002. “Conclusion: Making Meaning of Mobiles—a Theory of Apparatgeist,” in Perpetual Contact: Mobile Communication, Private Talk, Public Performance, ed. James E. Katz and Mark Aakhus (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press).
  35. Keulder, T. 2009. Catching the voice of the born-free generation of Namibia through mobiles phones. Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID), December 1, 2009.
  36. Lonkila, M. a. G., B. (2008). Social Networks and Cellphone use in Russia: Local consequences of global communication technology. New Media & Society, 10(2), 273-293.
  37. Lu, J. a. W., I. (2007). State, Power and Mobile Communication: A case study of China. New Media & Society, 9(6), 925-944.
  38. Lycett, J. E. a. D., R. I. M. (2000). Mobile Phones as Lekking Devices among Human Males. Human Nature, 11(1), 93-104.
  39. McIntosh, Janet. “Mobile Phones and Mipoho’s Prophecy: The Powers and Dangers of Flying Language.” American Ethnologist 37. 2 (2010): 337-353.
  40. Molony, Thomas S.J.  2006 “‘I Don’t Trust the Phone; It Always Lies’: Trust and Information and Communication Technologies in Tanzanian Micro- and Small Enterprises,” Information Technologies and International Development 3(4).
  41. Obadare, E. (2006). Playing Politics with the Mobile Phone in Nigeria: Civil society, big business & the state. Review of African Political Economy, 33(107), 93-111.
  42. Ogunyemi, O. (2006). Consumption and (in) Appropriate Use of Mobile Phone Among Teenage Africans in the UK. Unpublished manuscript, Lincoln.
  43. Opera Software, Press Release 2009, Facebook most popular on the mobile Web in Africa: New State of the Mobile Web report from Opera shows 5% jump in global mobile Internet users:
  44. Overå, R. 2006 “Networks, Distance, and Trust: Telecommunications Development and Changing Trading Practices in Ghana,” World Development 34(7)
  45. Skuse, Andrew and Thomas Cousins 2007. “Rural Poverty and the Promise of Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” Journal of Asian and African Studies 42(2).
  46. Sooryamoorthy, R. M., B. P. and Shrum, W. (2008). Untangling the Technology Cluster: Mobile telephony, internet use and the location of social ties. New Media & Society, 10(5), 729-749.
  47. Souter, D. et al. 2005, “The Economic Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction: A Study or Rural Communities in India (Gujarat), Mozambique, and Tanzania,” Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation for UK Department for International Development,,
  48. Steinbock, Dan 2007, The mobile revolution: the making of mobile services worldwide. Kogan Page Limited: London UK.
  49. Tall, S.M. 2004 “Senegalese Émigrés: New Information and Communication Technologies,” Review of African Political Economy 31, no. 99.
  50. van Slooten, Johan 2010, Radio Netherlands Worldwide: fifteen-dollar phone to boost African mobile market:
  51. Virto, Laura Recuero 2010, The Africa Report: A telecoms deal for Africa’s poorest, (Website):
  52. Vodafone. (2004). Impact of Mobile Phones in the Developing World: Vodafone.
  53. Wang, J. (2005). Youth Culture, Music, and Cell Phone Branding in China. Global Media and Communication, 1(2), 185-201.
  54. Waverman, L. , Meschi, M., and Fuss, M. (2005) The Impact of Telecoms on Economic Growth in Developing Countries, Africa : The Impact of Mobile Phones, Vodafone Policy Paper Series 2, March.
  55. Wei, R. (2006). Lifestyles and New Media: Adoption and use of wireless communication technologies in China. New Media & Society, 8(6), 991–1008.
  56. Wei, R. a. L., V-H. (2006). Staying Connected while on the Move: Cell phone use and social connectedness. New Media & Society, 8(1), 53-72.
  57. Wray, Richard 2009, Africa sees massive growth in mobile web usage, The Guardian:
  58. Yang, S, Kurnia, Lee, H and Kim, S 2008, The impact of mobile phone use on social capital development: A preliminary Study in South Korea.
  59. Yoon, K. (2003). Retraditionalizing the Mobile: Young people’s sociality and mobile phone use in Seoul, South Korea. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(3), 327-343.
  60. Yoon, K. (2006). Local Sociality in Young People’s Mobile Communications: A Korean case study. Childhood, 13(2), 155-174.
  61. Yoon, K. (2006). The Making of Neo-Confucian Cyberkids: representations of young mobile phone users in South Korea. New Media & Society, 8(5), 753-771.

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