ICT Use and Digital Inclusion among Roma/Gitano Adolescents

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ICT Use and Digital Inclusion among Roma/Gitano Adolescents


  • Maialen Garmendia Department of Sociology and Social work, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Inaki Karrera Department of Didactics and School Organization, University of the Basque Country, Spain


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Abstract:  This article analyses the way in which the digital divide affects Roma/Gitano minors. This ethnic group is a paradigmatic case among socially underprivileged groups in Spain; excluded from industrial society, they appear to be facing a similar situation in the post-industrial era. We, therefore, sought to explore the digital experiences of minors from this group in order to study social and digital exclusion/inclusion among them. The research strategy took a comprehensive approach, covering both offline and online behaviour. We focused on the results of fieldwork undertaken in Spain during 2017. In all, interviews were conducted with 17 adolescents (aged 11 to 18) as well as with several social workers who were providing support to the minors. Given that the use of technology has become a prerequisite for the welfare of children and for the development of their rights, the issue tends to centre on three main areas, commonly known as the three Ps: provision, participation, and protection. As such, the analysis of inequality was based on these areas. The findings presented in this article illustrate that the use of ICTs can contribute to empowering Roma/Gitano adolescents to improve the position they occupy as a group in the social structure.

Keywords:  adolescents; development; digital divide; Gitano; ICT; Roma; social inclusion; Spain

Published:   5 February 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i1.1624


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