Acknowledgements vi 1 Introduction: Frames and Dialogues 1 2 Communicative Ecology and Communicative Assemblages 27 3 Media Forms and Practices 68 4 Making Up the Future: New Media as the Material Culture of Development 99 5 Scaling Practices and Devices: Globalizing Globalization 130 6 Conclusion: Politics of Research: Forms of Knowledge, Participation and Generalization 155 Notes 189 References 191 Index 205
Don Slater is Reader of Sociology at the London Schoolof Economics and Political Science, UK.
"Communications media play an accelerating role in socialchange and global connections. But what people make of them is notdetermined by technology nor by the way technologies are used inrich countries of the global north. With rich ethnographicnarratives, Don Slater offers a truly global look at how themeaning of technologies is shaped by people who use them insettings from Sri Lanka to Ghana to Trinidad. People working indevelopment agencies and living in local communities become part ofthe same analysis, as Slater wisely and helpfully stresses the kindof symmetries identified by Paulo Freire's model oflearning." Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics andPolitical Science "This is a book of really major importance that could have beenwritten by no one else; its core thesis is both powerful andurgent. Slater draws on a remarkable series of empirical projectson new media for development which enable him tospeak with real authority about what is wrong and what might remainuseful about notions of development and the use ofnetworking resources in development settings. It willhave a major impact in the fields of media sociology and mediastudies, media-for-development and media anthropology." Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London "In this book, Slater brilliantly brings together a range ofethnographic engagements with theoretical interests in reshapingour understandings of media, development, and globalization. Hisanalysis speaks powerfully to questions of knowledge production andsocial justice in emerging contexts of both global inequality andglobal coalition." Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine