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Situated empowerment: Mobile phones practices 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
2016 (English)In: Mobile Media & Communication, ISSN 2050-1579, E-ISSN 2050-1587, Vol. 3, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 examine what roles (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 endeavors, mobile phone practices are also embedded in patriarchal structures. By discussing how these market women navigate the tensions between using the phone for their business and in relations to their partners, the article contributes a more nuanced and context specific understanding of mobile phone practices and the empowerment of market women. We conclude the article by suggesting a situated approach to the study of empowerment. 

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2016. Vol. 3, no 2
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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-264355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264355DiVA: diva2:859997
Available from: 2015-10-09 Created: 2015-10-09 Last updated: 2016-04-13

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