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Instrumentalising the digital: findings from a rapid evidence review of development interventions to support adolescents’ engagement with ICTs in low and middle income countries

Banaji, Shakuntala, Livingstone, Sonia, Nandi, Anulekha and Stoilova, Mariya (2018) Instrumentalising the digital: findings from a rapid evidence review of development interventions to support adolescents’ engagement with ICTs in low and middle income countries. Development in Practice, 28 (3). pp. 432-443. ISSN 0961-4524

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1438366

Abstract

In development agendas regarding children in low income communities, both older and emerging media are typically ignored, taken for granted or assumed to have beneficial powers that will redress social and gender inequality. Taking the field of ICT for Development (ICT4D) as a subfield of communication for development, we build on a recent rapid evidence review on adolescents’ digital media use and development interventions in low- and middle-income countries to critique the often-ubiquitous assumptions about the role and significance of new media in empowering children and adolescents in the global south. From this literature, we examine the contexts of children and adolescents’ access to and uses of information and communication technology(ICT). Noting that only a handful of studies heed the significance of social class and gender as major axes of inequality for adolescents, we subject the gap between the rhetoric of ICT-based empowerment and the realities of ICT-based practice to critical scrutiny. We call for a radical rethinking of childhood and development in light of the actual experiences, struggles and contexts.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cdip20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 11:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 00:05
Funders: Department for International Development
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85891

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