Co-creating an ICT artefact with elderly rural women in Mafarafara : a social structuration account

Show simple item record Smith, Ronel Turpin, Marita Herselman, Marlien 2019-11-13T09:30:04Z 2019-11-13T09:30:04Z 2019-04
dc.description.abstract In South Africa, elderly rural women is the most socio-economically disadvantaged population group: their age, gender and rural location all contribute to their disempowerment. For this reason, an ICT4D project was undertaken by the CSIR with the aim of supporting elderly rural women in their livelihood activities. An ICT artefact was established and implemented in a women’s Community Centre in Mafarafara, a remote rural village in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The ICT artefact was a rugged information kiosk based on Digital Doorway technology, and was populated with information to assist the women in their farming activities. As part of the women’s empowerment, they were involved as co-creators of the ICT artefact and its contents. The study employed a Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM). During the project the strong influence of the local social dynamics on the design of the artefact became apparent. To this end, Giddens’ structuration theory was incorporated in the study, to make visible the social dynamics that influenced and in turn were influenced by the design process. In this paper, concepts from structuration theory are applied to qualitative data from the Mafarafara interviews and site visit reports. The value of using structuration theory alongside DSRM to acknowledge the social nature of design is demonstrated. Structuration theory also provides a means to show how the participating women were empowered. en_ZA
dc.description.department Informatics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Smith R., Turpin M., Herselman M. (2019) Co-creating an ICT Artefact with Elderly Rural Women in Mafarafara: A Social Structuration Account. In: Nielsen P., Kimaro H. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. ICT4D 2019. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 551. Springer, Cham. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1868-4238 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1868-422X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/978-3-030-18400-1_46
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
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dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Elderly rural women en_ZA
dc.subject Design science research methodology (DSRM) en_ZA
dc.subject Structuration theory en_ZA
dc.subject Digital doorway en_ZA
dc.subject Rural development en_ZA
dc.title Co-creating an ICT artefact with elderly rural women in Mafarafara : a social structuration account en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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