Mapping participation in ICT4D: A meta-analytic review of development communication research
Source of Publication
International Communication Gazette
We conducted a meta-analytic study of recent (2009 to 2020) information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) research in the field of development communication. Our aim was to explore the conceptualization of participation in the context of ICTs and globalization in contemporary scholarly discourse. We found that most studies published during this period evinced a technological deterministic discourse regarding the process of social change, privileging modernization and neoliberal modes of development. In such contexts, participation has often been conceptualized in terms of invitations to ‘access’ (first-level of participation) and ‘empowerment’ (second-level of participation) at the local level. Despite increasing concern regarding global digital inequalities, research that approaches participation in terms of claims to ‘social justice’ (third-level of participation) associated with global forces has been limited. We found, however, that research emerging from the communication and media disciplines have shown skepticism regarding the dominant trends. The paper concludes with a discussion of future directions in ICT4D for scholars across disciplines.
development communication, digital development, globalization, ICT, ICT4D, meta-analysis, participation, participatory communication, social change, technological determinism
Kim, Michael Dokyum and Lee, Kyung Sun, "Mapping participation in ICT4D: A meta-analytic review of development communication research" (2022). All Works. 5255.
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