The domestication of the iPad mini by African immigrant families in Greve municipality

Chuka Herbert Nwosa

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This integrated thesis explores how the iPad mini as both a technological tool for education and cultural artefact is domesticated by African immigrant families in Greve municipality. The Greve municipality almost a year ago shared this device to all the pupils/students from 0-10th grade and their teachers in all its schools as a tool to enhance learning. At the same time, the iPad mini is brought home where it is also used as a media object (i.e. information and communication technology) for other purposes such as gaming, social media and so forth. As such, the iPad mini takes on a new meaning in domestic context the moment it leaves the school setting and enters into families and homes that ‘tame’ and shape it in accordance with the household’s own values, norms, beliefs and interests. In order to carry out this research, four families from Côte d'Ivoire (formerly Ivory Coast), Congo, Tanzania and Nigeria were interviewed along with their children that were recruited from two schools in the municipality namely ‘Arenaskolen’ and ‘Krogårdskolen’ located in Hundige. In this connection, a teacher from one of the schools was also interviewed in order to gain insight into the school context. To this end, the empirical data collected from the interviews was then analysed through the lens of domestication and culture theoretical frameworks from an amalgam of theorists namely Roger Silverstone, Eric Hirsch, Maren Hartmann, Sonia Livingstone, Gerd Baumann and Pierre Bourdieu respectively.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 maj 2015
VejledereRandi Lorenz Marselis


  • African Immigrant Families,iPad,iPad mini,Domestication,Taming,ICT,Greve kommune,Greve municipality,Arenaskolen,Krogårdskolen,Information age,Technological age,Technophobia,Digital divide,Nigeria,Congo,Tanzania,cote d'Ivoire(Ivory Coast),Cultural artefact,Masquerade,Educational tool,Discourses,Culture,Ethnicity,Nation-state,Head of the family,Hundige