POWER AND INTERESTS IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT: EXOGENOUS AND ENDOGENOUS DISCOURSES IN CONTENTION

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  • Robin Mansell

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    1. London School of Economics and Political Science–Media and Communications, UK
    • Correspondence to: Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science–Media and Communications, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK.

      E-mail: r.e.mansell@lse.ac.uk

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  • A version of this paper was presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference 2010, 19-22 July, Braga and published as IKM-Emergent Working Paper No. 11 at http://wiki.ikmemergent.net/files/IKM_Working_Paper-11-Robin_Mansell-July2010-final-pdf.pdf. This version benefits from comments by Mike Powell, Claire Milne, and David Souter and by two referees. The opinions expressed here of course are my own.

Abstract

This paper illustrates the persistence of an exogenous model of development that underpins many interventions aimed at employing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to meet development goals. The analysis is based on a sample of texts from reports produced by United Nations agencies and the World Bank. The aim is to show how the discourse on ICT interventions invariably is reminiscent of a dominant exogenous model even when alternative models with respect to development are seen to influence policy and practice. It is argued that practice-based, emergence approaches offer an attractive, although insufficient, way forward. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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