Can Mobile Phone Numbers Serve as Ethnic Markers? And the Ethnic Division of Mobile Phone Companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Can Mobile Phone Numbers Serve as Ethnic Markers? And the Ethnic Division of Mobile Phone Companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Author(s) Zetterholm, Joakim
Date 2011
English abstract
In Bosnia and Herzegovina mobile phone numbers can in some way reflect ethnicity. This study will describe how and why urban youth in Sarajevo, in their own stated reality motivate and perceive selection of mobile phone companies and mobile phone numbers in Bosnia and Herzegovina according to their ethnic group. The research questions are: How do urban youth in Sarajevo reason when they choose mobile phone companies? How do urban youth in Sarajevo perceive and understand consequences of the divide of mobile phone companies and numbers in Bosnia and Herzegovina? To what extent can mobile phone numbers be perceived as an ethnic marker? By using qualitative interviews the results of the study is presented. Mobile phone numbers can serve as an ethnic marker, but it is not used by urban youth in Sarajevo to distinguish ethnicity. Finally, the thesis argues that an ethnic structure among mobile phone companies are discovered but even in this rigid ethnic structure people choose mobile phone companies of economic reasons rather than of ethnic implications.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 52
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Ethnicity
Ethnic Group
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ethnic Division
Qualitative Interview
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11834 (link to this page)

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