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Social role of academic networks towards emerging information societies: Swaziland as a case study
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2006 (English)In: Open access 2006: 4th International Workshop on Open Access, Stockholm, 12-14 December 2006, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Even with education, women in Swaziland continue to face social barriers that impact their level of use or enjoyment of Information Communication Technologies. Development of an ‘all inclusive' knowledge based society in Swaziland may only become a reality if the social and cultural experiences of the local actors are taken into consideration.This paper focuses on the query how academic networks can help improve living conditions for people in developing regions. The data used in this paper was gathered using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and specific problem areas were identified in the process. In order to address the issues highlighted from the research, this paper proposes the concept of Interactive Research (IR) for Academic Networks to aid emerging Information societies. IR calls for conducting research with and not on participants in their unique circumstances, such that while creating a learning social changing process for the participants, the researcher in turn has the opportunity of creating new knowledges while being immersed in the research process. In using the concept of IR this paper also proposes that the situation in Swaziland can be seen in a generalised context for developing regions.

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Gender and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-38851Local ID: d5e293e0-892a-11dc-8a55-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1012353
International Conference on Open Access : 12/12/2006 - 14/12/2006
Godkänd; 2006; 20071102 (carwam)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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