Implicating mobile phones in violence against women: What’s gender got to do with it?

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2012

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GenderIT.org

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

This paper gives an analysis of women and men’s differential access and use of the mobile phone and how through it gender stereotypes are reinforced. During a four year study in Zambia, it emerged that although there were clear advantages that have come as a result of mobile phones some negative social impacts which reinforce gender stereotypes and power relations and subsequently result in violence against women have remained largely un-documented. The paper therefore makes the case that despite the clear advantage of the mobile phone; it is also providing a new focal point for social conflict and violence in relationships.

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mobile phones, social and economic development, violence, social strife

Citation

Wakunuma, K. (2012) Implicating mobile phones in violence against women: What’s gender got to do with it? GenderIT.org

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)