Afro-Creole Nationalism and the Maintenance of the Digital Divide: The Case of Jamaica

  • Nova Gordon-BellEmail author
Part of the Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series book series (GTMCR)


The English-speaking Caribbean is nearly saturated with access to mobile telephony, and internet access is dramatically increasing, but the promised economic and social transformations are not yet in evidence. Calls for regional policy makers to implement informed and appropriate processes of technology transfer, acquisition and deployment continue to challenge conventional perspectives that unproblematically link development to acquisition of technological innovations from the North. Without policies that take into account global economic and political systems and local arrangements that work in tandem with these systems, the transfer of digital technologies to developing societies exacerbates inequality and dispossession. This chapter concludes that decolonization of scholarship in the region is central to countering that which Sankatsing describes as envelopment.


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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesMonaJamaica

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