The Politics of Technology in Africa -

The Politics of Technology in Africa

Communication, Development, and Nation-Building in Ethiopia



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As more Africans get online, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly hailed for their transformative potential. Yet, the fascination for the possibilities of promoting more inclusive forms of development in the information age have obfuscated the reality of the complex negotiations among political and economic actors who are seeking to use technology in their competition for power. Building on over ten years of research in Ethiopia, Iginio Gagliardone investigates the relationship between politics, development, and technological adoption in Africa's second most populous country and its largest recipient of development aid. The emphasis the book places on the 'technopolitics' of ICTs, and on their ability to embody and enact political goals, offers a strong and empirically grounded counter-argument to prevalent approaches to the study of technology and development that can be applied to other cases in Africa and beyond.

Product code: 9781107177857

ISBN 9781107177857
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H236xW158xS18
No. Of Pages 190
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Gagliardone looks at the complexities which characterise the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Ethiopia, and in Africa more widely. The result of over ten years of visits to Ethiopia, the book explores the relationship between politics, development and technological adoption for scholars of development studies, African studies and political science.