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(Dis)connecting the Pearl River Delta: Case study of a borderland telecommunications infrastructure in South China, 1978-2002

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This paper presents a theoretical framework and preliminary analytical results for the case study of telecommunications in the Pearl River Delta, a rapidly urbanizing region along China’s south coast. The author takes the Communication Infrastructure approach towards telecommunications, i.e. an ecological conceptualization of communication technologies as embedded in a storytelling system consisting of telecom providers, government entities, local residents, and mass media, all situated in a communication action context. A historical overview from 1978 to 2002 is provided. Then, drawn from intensive multi-method fieldwork, components of the regional telecommunications infrastructure are identified; and their interactions contextualized. Four generic types of disconnections (temporal-spatial breaks, stratificational gaps, institutional blockades, and social psychological dismissals) are proposed, leading to a more full-fledged discussion of (dis)connectedness dynamics, in which the system of telecom technologies is construed as a prism for the examination of the regional social ecology at large.

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Qiu, Jack. "(Dis)connecting the Pearl River Delta: Case study of a borderland telecommunications infrastructure in South China, 1978-2002" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111994_index.html>

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Qiu, J. L. , 2003-05-27 "(Dis)connecting the Pearl River Delta: Case study of a borderland telecommunications infrastructure in South China, 1978-2002" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111994_index.html

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Abstract: This paper presents a theoretical framework and preliminary analytical results for the case study of telecommunications in the Pearl River Delta, a rapidly urbanizing region along China’s south coast. The author takes the Communication Infrastructure approach towards telecommunications, i.e. an ecological conceptualization of communication technologies as embedded in a storytelling system consisting of telecom providers, government entities, local residents, and mass media, all situated in a communication action context. A historical overview from 1978 to 2002 is provided. Then, drawn from intensive multi-method fieldwork, components of the regional telecommunications infrastructure are identified; and their interactions contextualized. Four generic types of disconnections (temporal-spatial breaks, stratificational gaps, institutional blockades, and social psychological dismissals) are proposed, leading to a more full-fledged discussion of (dis)connectedness dynamics, in which the system of telecom technologies is construed as a prism for the examination of the regional social ecology at large.

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Submission: ICA 2003 Communication & Technology Division TITLE: (Dis)connecting the Pearl River Delta: Case Study of a Borderland Telecommunications Infrastructure in South China 1978-2002 ABSTRACT: This paper presents a theoretical framework and preliminary analytical results for the case study of telecommunications in the Pearl River Delta a rapidly urbanizing region along China’s south coast. The author takes the Communication Infrastructure approach towards telecommunications i.e. an ecological conceptualization of communication technologies as embedded in a storytelling system consisting of telecom
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