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Subalternity in information systems in developing countries a critical analysis of Ghana's TRADENET

Addo, Atta (2017) Subalternity in information systems in developing countries a critical analysis of Ghana's TRADENET In: International ICT4D - Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, 2017-05-22-2017-05-24, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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In the search for explanations of contradictory effects and its disappointing outcomes in developing countries, Information Systems (IS) have been critiqued as pursuing techno-economic rationalities of western modernity with no recognition of alternatives. Development has also been critiqued as a western program promoted through discourses that do not admit local conditions and histories. Through critical discourse analysis (CDA) and a case study of Ghana's trade clearance system (TRADENET), we analyse how problematizations of IS in developing countries relate with local positions and contexts. We draw on the concepts of subalternity and hegemony to evaluate TRADENET's effects vis-à-vis its problematization by powerful actors. We find that TRADENET is contradicted by historically formed behaviors, culture and traditions that were unrecognized in technical problematizations of trade, development and IS. Despite importance of unrecognized, alternative or 'subaltern' positions in shaping IS in developing countries, they remain unrecognized in dominant or 'hegemonic' problematizations. Findings suggest that uncovering subaltern positions might illuminate 'blind spots' of IS in developing countries such as peculiar contradictory effects; and hence, inform better theory and practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Editors :
Choudrie, J.
Islam, M.
Wahid, F.
Bass, J.
Priyatma, J.
Date : 2017
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_47
Copyright Disclaimer : © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2017
Additional Information : Published in cooperation with The International Federation for Information Processing
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 16 Dec 2019 13:36
Last Modified : 16 Dec 2019 13:36

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