Towards an empowerment framework for evaluating mobile phone use and impact in developing countries

Sam, Steven (2017) Towards an empowerment framework for evaluating mobile phone use and impact in developing countries. Telematics and Informatics, 34 1: 359-369. doi:10.1016/j.tele.2016.06.003


Author Sam, Steven
Title Towards an empowerment framework for evaluating mobile phone use and impact in developing countries
Journal name Telematics and Informatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0736-5853
1879-324X
Publication date 2017-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tele.2016.06.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 359
End page 369
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper challenges the dominant optimism around mobile phone contribution to socio-economic development in the developing world. It argues in favor of how mobile phones could empower socio-economically marginalized young people to overcome their marginality by examining its use within the broader socio-cultural, economic and political contexts. Drawing on the information and communication capabilities of mobile phones, this paper uses an ethnographic data and a synthesized empowerment framework to analyze the relationship between mobile phone usage and empowerment of marginalized young people in Sierra Leone. In doing so, the paper focuses on the socio-culture, political and economic uses of mobile phones. The focus on these uses is based on the argument that for mobile phones to empower marginalized young people their uses should facilitate economic, political and socio-cultural issues underpinning their marginality. The study results suggest that mobile phones empower marginalized young people to communicate and access vital livelihood information to articulate their everyday activities. However, it is not strongly evident that the use of mobile phones completely emancipates them from socio-economic and political exclusion.
Keyword Empowerment theory
Empowerment framework
Mobile phone and marginalized young people
Sierra Leone
Mobile phone and development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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