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Approaches to Development in M4D Studies:: An overview of Major Approaches
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
Karlstads universitet.
2015 (English)In: Promoting social change through Information Technology / [ed] Kumar, Vikas & Svensson, Jakob, IGI Global, 2015, 26-48 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is no doubt that the proliferation of mobile phones in developing regions has opened up a range of possibilities and new avenues for individuals, governments, development agencies and civil society organisations. But we also know that development is a disputed concept and conveys a range of different connotations. Therefore in this chapter we examine the areas, where   mobile phones are discussed as vehicles for development (i.e. M4D), and how mobile communication is related to the idea(s) of development today. To  examine this, we have reviewed M4D articles in three major conference series and in open source journals during  2008-2012. Three dominant areas of M4D emerge out of our sample: livelihood, health and civic participation. Largely being based on an economic understanding of development and biased towards techno-determinism we conclude this chapter by suggesting a future path for studying the  impact of mobile communication  in developing regions, something what we label as a dialectical approach.

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IGI Global, 2015. 26-48 p.
Keyword [en]
mobile phones, development, health, livelihood, participation, capability, M4D, ICTD, ICT4D
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-244179DiVA: diva2:788008
Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-12 Last updated: 2015-10-10

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