[Air-L] Immigrant internet use refs request

Marcelo Frediani marcelo.frediani at skynet.be
Sat Nov 24 14:13:26 PST 2007


Hi Andrew and Kathrin,

I read with great interest your post as I am studying a topic very close to
yours and that could be include within this large theme of Political
activism and the internet. My research project aims at exploring if there is
a widespread use of ICT (especially internet) in marginalised groups outside
mainstream society. The main focus of my research is Gypsies and Travellers
in Europe. Notwithstanding the high levels of non-literacy of this
population group, a quick internet search reveals the existence of many
websites belonging to Traveller groups especially associations. (e.g. Pavee
Point, Roma support group, friends and families of travellers). This
research project, I am developing at Oxford University as a part of my
post-doctoral research, aims at examining the social transformations in
these groups caused by ICTs. The question is if and how ICTs have affected
Travellers’ and Gypsies’ lives and their participation in society

The starting point will be Travellers’ associations; the main question
concerns how these technologies are being used by organisations. The
internet has been used “politically” in various ways to lobby for change, to
inform the press and to get through to mainstream society. One example is
the campaign to change the laws on sites and parking, which saw the use of
e-petitions among other instruments. This project seeks to analyse this
campaign for law reform considering it from the angle of social justice for
minorities, as well. Are ICTs facilitating contacts with the Travellers they
represent and what is the content of these exchanges? The issue of
legitimacy of representation will also be analysed along with the global
contacts with the wider Rom community and the political battles at a wider
level.

I ask what tools have associations created to support their community and
how do they work? The web sites offer practical advice to individuals so
they can understand planning laws and get authorisations. There are also
projects for the use of ICTs in education. How widespread are e-learning
tools in this community which values home education? And have they helped
improve the literacy levels and the “inclusion” of the population? Is there
legislation helping to maintain cultural pluralism by supporting distance
learning for this nomadic group?

I would be glad of get in contact with you to share our experiences and
discuss possible ways of approach to this subject.



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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Kathrin Kissau
Sent: lundi 22 octobre 2007 14:18
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-L] Immigrant internet use refs request

Hi Andrew,

I read your post with great interest, as we are studiing almost the
same topic within our research project "Political Potential of the
Internet. The virtual diaspora of Immigrants from Russia and Turkey in
Germany" at the Institute for Political Science; University of
Muenster/Germany

see: http://ppi.uni-muenster.de/starteng.html

We are analysing poltical activities of these two immigrants groups
online, their internet usage in general, their political orientation
as to the country of origin or residence and the creation of ethnic
public spheres.
In my Ph.D. thesis I also looked into immigrant internet uses, use of
local government websites an its general effect on integration so I
would really love to exchange thoughts and data on this subject!!


Kathrin

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Kathrin Kissau M.A.
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Platz der Weißen Rose
D-48151 Münster/Germany
E-Mail: kissau at uni-muenster.de
Tel. +49(0)251-83-29943

Research Project
Political Potential of the Internet
http://ppi.uni-muenster.de


On 10/17/07, Andrew Whelan <amj.whelan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We have a project at Trinity starting, researching immigrants' internet
use
> here in the Irish context. In particular, we're interested in how
immigrants
> are accessing local government and social services online, but also how
the
> internet is used for political activity, including political activity
> related to the country of origin. I'd be very grateful if anyone could
> suggest useful reading in this area (somewhat to my surprise, an archive
> search yielded few results).
> Best,
> Andrew
>
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