By Robin Jeffrey, Assa Doron
In 2001, India had four million cellular phone subscribers. Ten years later, that quantity had exploded to greater than 750 million. Over only a decade, the cellular phone was once reworked from an extraordinary and unwieldy device to a palm-sized, cheap staple, taken without any consideration through bad fishermen in Kerala and prosperous marketers in Mumbai alike. The nice Indian telephone Book investigates the social revolution ignited via what could be the most important communications gadget in historical past, one that has disrupted extra humans and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, car, or railways, although it has features of all four.
In this fast moving research, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey discover the full surroundings of the inexpensive cellular phone. mixing journalistic immediacy with years of field-research adventure in India, they painting the capitalists and bureaucrats who keep an eye on the mobile infrastructure and combat over bandwidth rights, the sellers and technicians who deliver cellphones to the hundreds, and the usually bad, village-bound clients who adapt those addictive and infrequently not easy units to their day-by-day lives. analyzing the demanding situations mobile phones pose to a hierarchy-bound kingdom, the authors argue that during India, the place caste and gender regulations have outlined strength for generations, the disruptive power of cell phones is even more than elsewhere.
The nice Indian telephone Book is a conscientiously researched, multidimensional story of what can take place whilst a strong and on hand know-how is put within the arms of a giant, nonetheless predominantly negative inhabitants.