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“What's Your Name on Facebook?”: A Qualitative Study of Social Networking Technologies in Zimbabwe

Lindquist, Edward LU (2013) MIDM71 20131
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
In this thesis, I have attempted to understand how young people are using social media tools to increase capabilities. The primary fieldwork was carried out in Harare, Zimbabwe. A qualitative study was completed, employing Sen's (1999) Capability Approach, adapted by various authors to account for the role of information and communication technologies. After presenting empirical analysis, the thesis concludes that the unique characteristics of social media as an ICT tool have helped increase capabilities for young people primarily through increased availability of information that is useful and relevant to the lives of young people, thus increasing the opportunity for people to make informed choices in critical lifestyle areas. Finally,... (More)
In this thesis, I have attempted to understand how young people are using social media tools to increase capabilities. The primary fieldwork was carried out in Harare, Zimbabwe. A qualitative study was completed, employing Sen's (1999) Capability Approach, adapted by various authors to account for the role of information and communication technologies. After presenting empirical analysis, the thesis concludes that the unique characteristics of social media as an ICT tool have helped increase capabilities for young people primarily through increased availability of information that is useful and relevant to the lives of young people, thus increasing the opportunity for people to make informed choices in critical lifestyle areas. Finally, the thesis concludes by offering suggestions for further research and programmatic implications for this new and growing sector. (Less)
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author
Lindquist, Edward LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM71 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
social networking, social media, capability approach, Zimbabwe
language
English
id
3798810
date added to LUP
2013-06-27 11:31:29
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2013-06-27 11:31:29
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  abstract     = {In this thesis, I have attempted to understand how young people are using social media tools to increase capabilities. The primary fieldwork was carried out in Harare, Zimbabwe. A qualitative study was completed, employing Sen's (1999) Capability Approach, adapted by various authors to account for the role of information and communication technologies. After presenting empirical analysis, the thesis concludes that the unique characteristics of social media as an ICT tool have helped increase capabilities for young people primarily through increased availability of information that is useful and relevant to the lives of young people, thus increasing the opportunity for people to make informed choices in critical lifestyle areas. Finally, the thesis concludes by offering suggestions for further research and programmatic implications for this new and growing sector.},
  author       = {Lindquist, Edward},
  keyword      = {social networking,social media,capability approach,Zimbabwe},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {“What's Your Name on Facebook?”: A Qualitative Study of Social Networking Technologies in Zimbabwe},
  year         = {2013},
}