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Working-Class Network SocietyCommunication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262170062

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.001.0001

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Going Wireless

Going Wireless

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Working-Class Network Society

Jack Linchuan Qiu

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This chapter, which is concerned with the historical trajectory of the wireless phone or shouji (“hand-phone”) from an elite device to a common component of everyday life, examines a few specific parts of the burgeoning wireless market: the Little Smart, short message service, prepaid mobile services, and pagers. It addresses the waxing and waning of pager service and its implications for working-class ICTs in general. The development of shouji triggers the market expansion and new network formation at the grassroots level. The chapter shows that the different businesses entail a unique mixture of technology, policy, and entrepreneurialism under a variety of institutional structures. There are also many cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of the information have-less.

Keywords:   wireless phone, shouji, Little Smart, short message service, prepaid mobile services, pagers, policy, entrepreneurialism

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