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A Double-Edged Sword. : Mobile phones and empowerment among market women in Kampala
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)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article we depart from studies on empowerment and its intersections with the informal economy and market women in the global south and promises of the mobile phone in so-called developing regions. Conducting an explorative study among market women in Kampala, the aim is to study what role (if any) the mobile phone plays for them in terms of empowerment. Our findings resonate with studies from other parts of the world, suggesting that while pivotal for their business endeavours, mobile phone practices are also embedded in patriarchal structures. The article ends by discussing how these market women navigate the tensions between using the phone for their business and in relations to their partner. In this way the article contributes with a more nuanced and context specific understanding of mobile phone practices and the empowerment of market women.

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Keyword [en]
Development; Empowerment; Gender; Informal Economy; M4D; Mobile Phones; Market Women; Kampala; Uganda
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Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262550OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262550DiVA: diva2:854233
Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-16 Last updated: 2015-09-16

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