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

Dan Perkel dperkel at ischool.berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 4 18:44:33 PDT 2009

While not on the subject of low-income people or home use, Yuri Takhtayev's
recently completed dissertation on software development in Brazil might have
some interesting present-day and historical information that would
complement your study and point you in interesting directions. I think there
is also an interesting take on inequality and reproduction at a global level
that you might find thought-provoking.

See especially Part II for historical material.



Dan Perkel
PhD Candidate
School of Information, Berkeley Center for New Media
UC Berkeley

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Jayr Pimentel <jayrpimentel at hotmail.com>wrote:

> 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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