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Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana

Jenna Burrell

Abstract

The urban youth frequenting the Internet cafés of Accra, Ghana, who are decidedly not members of their country's elite, use the Internet largely as a way to orchestrate encounters across distance and amass foreign ties—activities once limited to the wealthy, university-educated classes. The Internet, accessed on second-hand computers (castoffs from the United States and Europe), has, for these youths, become a means of enacting a more cosmopolitan self. This book offers an account of how these Internet enthusiasts have adopted, and adapted, to their priorities a technological system that was n ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitan, virtual space, 419 scam, big gains, influential churches, supernatural, digital technologies, future viability, African studies, empirical findings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017367
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017367.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenna Burrell, author