History and habit in the mobilization of ICT resources

Coco, Angela and Short, Patricia (2004) History and habit in the mobilization of ICT resources. Information Society, 20 1: 39-51. doi:10.1080/01972240490269997

Author Coco, Angela
Short, Patricia
Title History and habit in the mobilization of ICT resources
Journal name Information Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0197-2243
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01972240490269997
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 51
Total pages 13
Editor H. Sawhney
Place of publication United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
16 Studies in Human Society
Abstract Evidence demonstrates that the digital divide is deepening despite strategies mobilized worldwide to reduce it. In disadvantaged communities, beyond training and infrastructural issues, there often lies a range of cultural and historically formed relationships that affect people's adoption of ICTs. This article presents an analysis of local resident's engagement with their council's pilot project to develop a computer facility in their community center. We ask, to what extent can people in poor urban communities, once trained, be expected to volunteer to work on furthering community education and development in ICTs in their local area? Findings indicate four patterns of individual engagement with the computer project: reflexive, utilitarian, distributive, and nonparticipatory. It is argued that local people engaged with the intervention in historically patterned and locally distinctive ways that served immediate personal and pragmatic ends. They did not adopt the long-term strategic goals of the council or university.
Keyword Information Science & Library Science
Communicative Practice
Digital Divide
Disadvantaged Community
Social Network
Q-Index Code C1

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