Exploring the meanings of community multimedia centers in Mozambique: a social representation perspective

Rega, I., Vannini, S., Fino, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-5095-6014 and Cantoni, L., 2013. Exploring the meanings of community multimedia centers in Mozambique: a social representation perspective. Information Technologies & International Development, 9 (4), 35–54. ISSN 1544-7529

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This article presents extensive research conducted in Mozambique that aims to deeply understand how different social groups understand community multimedia centers (CMCs), which are structures combining a community radio and a telecenter. The social representations theory was adopted to interpret narratives of 231 interviewees from 10 Mozambican provinces. Interviewees included representatives of initiating agencies, local staff members, CMC users (both the radio and telecenter components), users of only the community radio, and community members not using the CMCs. Following the analysis of transcribed interviews, six main clusters were identified, each of them shedding light on a specific understanding of a CMC. These are discussed according to a set of sociodemographic variables. This study suggests that the social representations theory is a valuable framework to provide an integrated view of ICT4D interventions by giving a voice to local perspectives without overlooking the initiating agencies' expectations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Information Technologies & International Development
Creators: Rega, I., Vannini, S., Fino, E. and Cantoni, L.
Publisher: University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Date: 2013
Volume: 9
Number: 4
ISSN: 1544-7529
Rights: © 2013 USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Published under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. All rights not granted thereunder to the public are reserved to the publisher and may not be exercised without its express written permission.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 May 2020 07:52
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 07:55
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39838

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