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Subalternity in information systems in developing countries: A critical analysis of Ghana’s tradeNet. Springer computer proceedings of IFIP

Addo, Atta A. (2017) Subalternity in information systems in developing countries: A critical analysis of Ghana’s tradeNet. Springer computer proceedings of IFIP. In: 14th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 22-24, 2017, Proceedings, 2017-05-22 - 2017-05-24.

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Abstract

Information Systems (IS) have been critiqued as pursuing techno-economic rationalities of western modernity with no recognition of alternative. Development has thus been critiqued as a western program promoted through discourses that do not admit local conditions and histories. Through critical discourse analysis (CDA) and a case study of Ghana's trade clearance system (TRADENET), we analyze how problematizations of IS in developing countries relate with local positions and contexts. TRADENET's effects vis-à-vis its problematization by powerful actors. We find that TRADENET is contradicted by historically formed behaviors, culture and traditions that were unrecognized in technical problematizations of trade, development and IS. Despite the importance of unrecognized, alternative or 'subaltern' positions in shaping IS in developing countries, they remain unrecognized in dominant or 'hegemonic' problematizations. Findings suggest that uncovering subaltern positions might illate 'blind spots' of IS in developing countries such as peculiar contradictory effects; and hence, inform better theory and practice. Findings suggest that uncovering subaltern positions might illate 'blind spots' of IS in developing countries such as peculiar contradictory effects; and hence, inform better theory and practice. Findings suggest that uncovering subaltern positions might illate 'blind spots' of IS in developing countries such as peculiar contradictory effects; and hence, inform better theory and practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/series/8345
Additional Information: © 2017 Springer International Publishing
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 12:17
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 00:46
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85070

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