Global Networks, Fragmentation, and the Rise of Telecommunications in Stateless Somalia

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Title: Global Networks, Fragmentation, and the Rise of Telecommunications in Stateless Somalia
Author: Nurhussein, Safy, 1981-
Abstract: Somalia has not had a recognized government since 1991, a longer period than any country in modem history, but while the political environment remains uncertain, segments of the economy have grown rapidly, particularly telecommunications. This study analyzes the roles of different forms of associations in attracting capital and stimulating demand for this industry arguing that with emigration and political fragmentation, transnational social ties have become integral to economic success in Somalia. At the same time, unequal access to these economic networks has led to spatially uneven development, exacerbating long-standing power disparities within the country. By highlighting the motivations of and relations between the diverse group of actors working in telecommunications in Somalia, this study shows how collaboration and basic survival networks can build a successful modem industry where few might see opportunity.
Description: x, 88 p. A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: KNIGHT HE8480 .N87 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/6781
Date: 2008-03


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