[Air-L] Computer usage by low-income people in emerging countries

scott at scottmacleod.com scott at scottmacleod.com
Fri Oct 2 15:53:17 PDT 2009

Here's one of the first studies on homelessness and the internet I know of: 

Rogers, E. M., Collins-Jarvis, L., & Schmitz, J. (1994). The Pen Project in 
Santa Monica: Interactive communication, equality, and political action. 
Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 45, 401–410. 

with some more context here: 

Barry Wellman has done some interesting work with Netville here, too, I 

I've also created a new section at 
_Ethnography - I'd like to invited AIRs to add more references here. 







Jayr Pimentel writes: 

> Dear all,
> I am curretly studying how low-income people have been using computers at home (i.e. applications like internet browsers, e-mail, msn, skype, facebook, office package, twitter, dowloading, blogging etc) as an attempt to understand social inequalities reproduction and digital inclusion. I am currently investigating Brazil, where low-income people have now enough money to buy computers due to credit availability (I may shift my attention to India and China afterwards). I would appreciate if any of you send me any hints in terms of related bibliography I should not miss like books, articles, papers, etc. Any contacts you know they are currently working on the following areas: computer usage, inequalities, digital inclusion, computer and social interaction and computer versus other electronic devices (like mobile phones) are very welcome.
> I am currently doing the ethnographic part of the project so I would be glad to share some initial findings with those colleagues interested in. Also, I can send my project's abstract and interview guides for those who may want to have a look at them.
> Thanks in advance,
> Jay Pimentel
> Masters - Department of Sociology
> University of Sao Paulo
> jayrpimentel at hotmail.com 
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