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Migrating to the information society: Swazi women's lived experiences of technology
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4920-9182
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.

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2007. p. 572-
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Gender and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33077Local ID: 7d735190-892f-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-33077DiVA, id: diva2:1006312
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Society for Social Studies of Science : 10/10/2007 - 13/10/2007
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Godkänd; 2007; 20071102 (carwam)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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