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Wamala, C. (2010). Does IT count?: complexities between access to and use of information technologies among Uganda's farmers (ed.). (Doctoral dissertation). Paper presented at . Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Does IT count?: complexities between access to and use of information technologies among Uganda's farmers
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Drawn from a year of ethnographic fieldwork among farmers in Uganda, this study engages with developing an understanding on how access to and use of media and information technologies are negotiated in their separate profiles. Oftentimes the two entities, access and use, are laminated into one statistical representation, depicting both terms as either use or access. However, these terms are nodal points in two discourses and should not by necessity be understood as one. Media and information technologies in the current study refer to computers/internet and mobile phones which are situated in the information technologies part of the phrase. Radios, newspapers and television form part of the media phrase. Access to information carries similar weight as having access to other crucial resources such as land and capital for the farmer, which is why media and information technologies which have the ability to deliver information in real time are encouraged for Uganda's farmers by development efforts.Agriculture is Uganda's economic bedrock and is a practice that Ugandans identify with. Situating a study of access to and use of media and information technologies in this sector may give an indication of the diffusion process of the media and information technologies among Ugandans. Uganda like other developing regions are encouraged to adapt the use of media and information technologies, particularly the Internet, in light of the socioeconomic progress, associated with the ability to use the information from this medium towards self-progression. This study is partly motivated by the requests for more studies that give an indication to what level socioeconomic progress can be measured in line with access to information from media and information technologies. The methods that informed this research include interviews, observations, survey research methods and focus group discussions. Farmers in the eastern, northern and central regions of Uganda informed this research. The farmers were initially asked what information sources were available to them with regards to their farming practices. This question produced a range of responses and from the responses an indication of where farmers locate media and information technologies was analysed. It was also possible to discern that a positive influence on the farming practices can be traced to use of information from the media and information technologies. From the descriptions given by the farmers as well as the observations made, the social environment in which the media and information technologies operate is influential towards the farmer's relationship with the technology. As farmers' negotiated access and use in very innovative ways in light of the fact that the communications infrastructure is still developing specific relations with the technologies emerged. For example the search for signals for radios and mobile phones in some of the rural areas may require tree-climbing or going up a hill. Women are culturally barred from some of these practices deemed to be uncouth and unflattering for the pious nature of women. The technologies for which signals must be sought gain an inherently masculine symbolism to which women enjoy limited associations. In this case having access to the physical device, may not always result in women being able to use the radio or mobile phone. Critically analysing access in this way also brings to question who a user is. Because access and use require various social negotiations, this brings forth the understanding that technology is culturally embedded. The current research gives specific focus to gender, at the same time as it is acknowledged that gender intersects with other social categories such as age and ethnicity and aims to contribute to studies that give attention to the cultural embeddedness of gender and technology from a development perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2010. p. 241
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
Interdisciplinary research areas - Gender, Tvärvetenskapliga forskningsområden - Genus
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-17517 (URN)3c7b5ee0-ecb8-11df-8b36-000ea68e967b (Local ID)978-91-7439-174-9 (ISBN)3c7b5ee0-ecb8-11df-8b36-000ea68e967b (Archive number)3c7b5ee0-ecb8-11df-8b36-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2010; 20101110 (carwam); DISPUTATION Ämnesområde: Genus och teknik/Gender and Technology Opponent: Professor Merete Lie NTNU, Trondheim, Norge Ordförande: Professor Ulf Mellström, Luleå tekniska universitet Tid: Torsdag den 9 december 2010, kl 13.00 Plats: F341, Luleå tekniska universitetAvailable from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2010). 'I have to show an "I can" attitude': social enactments of gender and technology in mobile telephony communication practices (ed.). Paper presented at 4S Annual Meeting : 25/08/2010 - 29/08/2010. Paper presented at 4S Annual Meeting : 25/08/2010 - 29/08/2010.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'I have to show an "I can" attitude': social enactments of gender and technology in mobile telephony communication practices
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Intentional Missed calling referred to as beeping through the mobile phone, is a phenomenon that has taken the African continent by storm. Giving specific attention to relational beeps, this study analyses the practice through an intersectional theoretical lens, revealing a practice deeply imbued with social categorical orders. A year of ethnographic study in Uganda (2008) informed this study. Document analyses and twenty-three conversational interviews with friends, family and acquaintances with whom rapport had been established socio-culturally contextualised the rules associated with the practice prior to qualitative interviews with fifty three university students and recent graduates (20-28). Targeting young dating couples the focus on gender highlights complex rules to the practice that may deter some of the informants in this study from beeping. The same informants basing on other social relationships such as kinships can be found to engage in the same activity. Beeping is therefore a multilayered exercise that each individual at some socio-relational level engages in. It is the relationship to the beep recipient that negotiates this practice. The current study offers as a contribution to existing beeping analyses, an intersectional understanding of this practice. This study differs from previous beeping research, by analysing different gender-based negotiations that confront beeping practices. Mapping local, diverse expressions of masculinities and femininities at the intersection of beeping activities the study offers some recommendations on how Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in general can be useful signals of understanding sociological order.

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30280 (URN)40a41220-0921-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (Local ID)40a41220-0921-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (Archive number)40a41220-0921-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
4S Annual Meeting : 25/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Note
Godkänd; 2010; 20101216 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2010). The social enactments of gender and technology in mobile telephony communication practices: the case of Uganda (ed.). Paper presented at Online Workshop: Negotiating the virtual, Gender, ethnicity and empowerment conference workshop : 19/10/2010 - 21/12/2010. Paper presented at Online Workshop: Negotiating the virtual, Gender, ethnicity and empowerment conference workshop : 19/10/2010 - 21/12/2010.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The social enactments of gender and technology in mobile telephony communication practices: the case of Uganda
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-29924 (URN)38de5db0-0922-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (Local ID)38de5db0-0922-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (Archive number)38de5db0-0922-11e0-b767-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Online Workshop: Negotiating the virtual, Gender, ethnicity and empowerment conference workshop : 19/10/2010 - 21/12/2010
Note
Godkänd; 2010; 20101216 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Jonvallen, P., Olofsson, J. & Wamala, C. (2009). Current strands of thought and work in progress at the division for Gender and Technology (ed.). Paper presented at . Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Current strands of thought and work in progress at the division for Gender and Technology
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2009. p. 108
Series
Technical report / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1536
Keywords
Interdisciplinary research areas - Gender, Tvärvetenskapliga forskningsområden - Genus
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-22998 (URN)533f0e20-8723-11de-8da0-000ea68e967b (Local ID)978-91-86233-70-9 (ISBN)533f0e20-8723-11de-8da0-000ea68e967b (Archive number)533f0e20-8723-11de-8da0-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note

Godkänd; 2009; 20090812 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2009). Lived experiences of technology: challenging statistical representations with impact indicators in data on internet use in Swaziland (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), Current strands of thought and work in progress at the division for Gender and Technology: (pp. 51-75). Paper presented at . Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lived experiences of technology: challenging statistical representations with impact indicators in data on internet use in Swaziland
2009 (Swedish)In: Current strands of thought and work in progress at the division for Gender and Technology, Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2009, p. 51-75Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2009
Series
Technical report / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1536
Keywords
Interdisciplinary research areas - Gender, Tvärvetenskapliga forskningsområden - Genus
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-20757 (URN)7ad00730-a0fc-11de-8293-000ea68e967b (Local ID)978-91-86233-70-9 (ISBN)7ad00730-a0fc-11de-8293-000ea68e967b (Archive number)7ad00730-a0fc-11de-8293-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2009; 20090914 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2008). Internet governance: a gender and development perspective (ed.). Paper presented at . Genus i norrsken, 1(1), 15-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Internet governance: a gender and development perspective
2008 (English)In: Genus i norrsken, ISSN 1654-7640, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 15-19Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12468 (URN)ba001220-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Local ID)ba001220-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Archive number)ba001220-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2008; 20071102 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2007). Activity: Technology, Social Process and Gender in the Information Society (ed.). Paper presented at Technology, Social Process and Gender in the Information Society : 06/02/2007 - 08/02/2007. Paper presented at Technology, Social Process and Gender in the Information Society : 06/02/2007 - 08/02/2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Activity: Technology, Social Process and Gender in the Information Society
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-41514 (URN)5ef5b6c0-892c-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Local ID)5ef5b6c0-892c-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Archive number)5ef5b6c0-892c-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Technology, Social Process and Gender in the Information Society : 06/02/2007 - 08/02/2007
Note
Startdatum: 05/02/2007; Slutdatum: 07/02/2007; Roll: Talare; Typ: Föreläsning / muntligt bidragAvailable from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2007). Migrating to the information society: Swazi women's lived experiences of technology (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), 2007 Annual meeting : Society for Social Studies of Science: October 11-13, Montreal, Canada. Paper presented at Society for Social Studies of Science : 10/10/2007 - 13/10/2007 (pp. 572).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Migrating to the information society: Swazi women's lived experiences of technology
2007 (English)In: 2007 Annual meeting : Society for Social Studies of Science: October 11-13, Montreal, Canada, 2007, p. 572-Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Within development, Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICT)contextualizes feminist cultural studies. For Swaziland, a small kingdom in SouthernAfrica, gender and ICT is approached from the perspective of empowering those whohave no access or are impaired by some social or other impediment. My researchdiffracts from this angle and instead focuses on those who are using technology, andanalyses their experiences with the hindsight of enlightening future projects on how tobest lure more offline social actors to migrate to the information society.The study of Gender and Technology has produced interesting analogies that havecreated what theorists such as Berg & Lie (1995) call constructive tensions within genderand technology studies from a science and technology studies (STS) perspective.Theorists such as Everts Saskia (1998), Cockburn (1994) and Butler (1990) have beenuseful in analysing the different relationship women have with technology.Researching/analysing the gender and technology relationship from a developmentperspective, I have not so much focused on women being denied access due to varioussocial impediments such as their gender role requirements, illiteracy, poverty and theirsocial standings. I look at women who are using technology, women who are embracingICT use, to understand the unique relationship women in Swaziland have with ICTspecifically women graduates in professional jobs. It is my aim to diffract from theobvious notion of women being gendered and hence experiencing hardships because of it.

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33077 (URN)7d735190-892f-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Local ID)7d735190-892f-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Archive number)7d735190-892f-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Society for Social Studies of Science : 10/10/2007 - 13/10/2007
Note
Godkänd; 2007; 20071102 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2007). New approaches to gender and technology studies from a development perspective: women's lived experiences of technology in Swaziland (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), Science & Technology in Society: An interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: March 31 - April 1, 2007, Washington DC. Paper presented at Science & Technology in Society: An interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference : 31/03/2007 - 01/04/2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New approaches to gender and technology studies from a development perspective: women's lived experiences of technology in Swaziland
2007 (English)In: Science & Technology in Society: An interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: March 31 - April 1, 2007, Washington DC, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34690 (URN)8f57ecb0-892d-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Local ID)8f57ecb0-892d-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Archive number)8f57ecb0-892d-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Science & Technology in Society: An interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference : 31/03/2007 - 01/04/2007
Note
Godkänd; 2007; 20071102 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Wamala, C. (2007). New approaches to gender and technology studies from a development perspective: women's lived experiences of technology in Swaziland (ed.). Paper presented at Past, Present and Future : 14/06/2007 - 17/06/2007. Paper presented at Past, Present and Future : 14/06/2007 - 17/06/2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New approaches to gender and technology studies from a development perspective: women's lived experiences of technology in Swaziland
2007 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27804 (URN)15a8d7c0-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Local ID)15a8d7c0-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (Archive number)15a8d7c0-892e-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Past, Present and Future : 14/06/2007 - 17/06/2007
Note
Godkänd; 2007; 20120123 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
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