This thesis examines the use of Information and Communication technologies (ICT) amongst young people in Denmark, who either sleep in the streets or in shelters. The study aims to elucidate the significance of ICT use in relation to participation in the communication systems of an increasingly digitalised society. To answer the thesis research question, a practice-oriented perspective is applied, suggesting that studying the social, means studying social practices. Theorists such as Schatzki (2001), Reckwitz (2005) and Warde (2005), as well as Staunæs (2004), constitute our main literary sources of inspiration. The research design is founded in a constructivist approach, and includes elements from both practice theory and performance theory. The thesis is conducted on the basis of qualitative interviews with ten youths (age 18-29) who are currently sleeping rough or in shelters, and one former street sleeper. The interview study provides knowledge about effects of the crossing point between youth, homelessness and ICT use, and the multiple ways in which the interviewees connect and disconnect to mainstream society. Conceptualising digital inclusion/exclusion as the amount of ICT-resources, counting ICT-access, ICT-skills and ICT-engagement, we can position the young people participating in the study as relatively digitally included. They understand and make use of the opportunities granted by technology, but cannot, due to chaotic lifestyles, meet mainstream society’s demands for constant availability in the digital sphere. We find that everyday life in the streets and in shelters organise certain ways of engaging in ICT-activities that substantiate the ways in which the participants involve – or do not involve themselves – in the communication systems obtaining society; concluding that digital inclusion does not necessarily lead to communicative inclusion. Further more we put forth critical reflections concerning the conception of this group of citizens as a target group for inclusion and communication.
|Uddannelser||Kommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||28 feb. 2013|