[insert identity here] A post-structuralist analysis of One Laptop Per Child's impact on the subjectivities of third world communities

Benjamin Kristiansen, Ignacio Lebensohn, Lindsay Lickacz & Liene Petersone

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The aim of this project is to carry out an analysis of the successes and failures of the One Laptop Per Child program from a post-structuralist point of view. The project takes a point of departure on a post-structuralist epistemology of Foucauldian inspiration, and challenges the established regimes of truth with regards to international development. By deconstructing and then recasting the concepts surrounding International Development, the researchers then attempt to evaluate the impact that OLPC can have on the subjectivities and technologies of the self of ‘underdeveloped’ individuals and communities. The research is based on a variety of empirical material including qualitative interviews and an ‘interview’ with a laptop. The report concludes that while OLPC and its product have the potential to instigate a positive change in the identity formation processes of children, the fierce competition from computer giants has made their goal unattainable for the time being. Nevertheless, OLPC has generated a deep and wide impact in the areas of Development Aid and Computer Science which should not be ignored.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 jun. 2010


  • Post-structuralism
  • OLPC
  • Identity
  • Subjectivities