Technology in everyday life: an exploration of gender and age in internet use

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/312895
Title:
Technology in everyday life: an exploration of gender and age in internet use
Authors:
Kadi, S. (Selma)
Advisors:
Green, E. (Eileen)
Citation:
Kadi, S. (2013) 'Technology in everyday life: an exploration of gender and age in internet use' Unpublished PhD Thesis; Teesside University
Publisher:
Teesside University
Issue Date:
21-Jun-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/312895
Abstract:
This study combines perspectives from domestication theory, feminist technology studies and sociological research on ageing in order to understand older people’s internet use. The suggested approach enables us to examine the complexity of social inequalities in domestication processes. Firstly, I argue that domestication theory benefits from the integration of gender-technology relations, a perspective developed from within feminist technology studies. This allows a better understanding of different dimensions of gender (structure, symbolism, identity) as well as mutual shaping processes between gender and technology. Secondly, this analysis of gender-technology relations can also be utilised to enhance our understanding of age-technology relations. Gender and age are examined in relation to (i) different phases of domestication, (ii) the use of the internet for different activities and (iii) forms of social connectedness in everyday life. The research draws upon 33 semi-structured interviews with women and men between the ages of 55 and 80 about their internet and web 2.0 use experiences. My study demonstrates the diversity of intersections between age, gender and technology within older women’s and men’s internet use experiences, and highlights the significance of traditional age-gender-technology relations (which marginalise older women) for internet use. Furthermore, it identifies specific mechanisms found within domestication processes which serve to maintain these traditional relations. This thesis proposes a research perspective for studying age-gender-technology relations, and examines mutual shaping processes in the domestication of the internet.
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Keywords:
sociology; gender; age; internet; domestication of ICTs; feminist technology studies

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorGreen, E. (Eileen)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKadi, S. (Selma)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-14T13:52:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-02-14T13:52:03Z-
dc.date.issued2013-06-21-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/312895-
dc.description.abstractThis study combines perspectives from domestication theory, feminist technology studies and sociological research on ageing in order to understand older people’s internet use. The suggested approach enables us to examine the complexity of social inequalities in domestication processes. Firstly, I argue that domestication theory benefits from the integration of gender-technology relations, a perspective developed from within feminist technology studies. This allows a better understanding of different dimensions of gender (structure, symbolism, identity) as well as mutual shaping processes between gender and technology. Secondly, this analysis of gender-technology relations can also be utilised to enhance our understanding of age-technology relations. Gender and age are examined in relation to (i) different phases of domestication, (ii) the use of the internet for different activities and (iii) forms of social connectedness in everyday life. The research draws upon 33 semi-structured interviews with women and men between the ages of 55 and 80 about their internet and web 2.0 use experiences. My study demonstrates the diversity of intersections between age, gender and technology within older women’s and men’s internet use experiences, and highlights the significance of traditional age-gender-technology relations (which marginalise older women) for internet use. Furthermore, it identifies specific mechanisms found within domestication processes which serve to maintain these traditional relations. This thesis proposes a research perspective for studying age-gender-technology relations, and examines mutual shaping processes in the domestication of the internet.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTeesside Universityen
dc.subjectsociologyen_GB
dc.subjectgenderen_GB
dc.subjectageen_GB
dc.subjectinterneten_GB
dc.subjectdomestication of ICTsen_GB
dc.subjectfeminist technology studiesen_GB
dc.titleTechnology in everyday life: an exploration of gender and age in internet useen_GB
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Social Sciences and Lawen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
or.citation.harvardKadi, S. (2013) 'Technology in everyday life: an exploration of gender and age in internet use' Unpublished PhD Thesis; Teesside University-
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