Publication details for Professor Gina PorterPorter, Gina (2015). Mobile phones, mobility practices, and transport organization in sub-Saharan Africa. Mobility in History 6(1): 81-88.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 2296-0503, 2050-9197
- DOI: 10.3167/mih.2015.060109
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Drawing on published material, gray literature, and personal research, this article explores the implications of growth in mobile phone usage across Africa for patterns of physical mobility, organization of transport services, and the potential for improved transport planning. Emerging intersections between virtual and physical mobility—and broader interactions with wider social, economic, and political contexts—offer fascinating new foci for research in the continent. Social equity issues, including those associated with gender- and age-related mobility, will require careful monitoring and further explication over time, as patterns of phone ownership develop and change.