Reading list: feminism, technology, activism

It’s back to school for me. After the long process of administrative bullshit to get all my papers in order to register, I’m finally starting my MA in Media Studies at Wits.

I just finished the first step in preparing my literature review for my MA proposal. I just thought I would share a little bit what I would be working on in the next year, and my non-extensive reading list.

So here’s a short resumé of the project: The plan is to research the practices of feminists and women’s organisations or movements in the Southern African region in regards to their use of social media and mobile technologies for organising, mobilising, informing and advocating.

Through this MA research project I would like to explore women’s empowerment through ICTs, and more precisely through web participatory practices, in the context of social justice movements in Southern Africa. I would like to focus on collective actions, and social and virtual networks created by women for the promotion of women’s rights in the region. I hope this research project will contribute to answering the following questions: Are virtual communities created by women linked to grassroot (physical) communities, and what are their relations with these communities? What is the potential of cyberspace and new digital technologies to liberate and emancipate women? What are the obstacles to women’s participation in the social web?


And here is the non-exhaustive reading list of what I’ve been through so far: 

I would be happy to get your suggestions, if you have any.

Busken, Ineke and Anne Webb, ed. 2009. African Women & ICTs: investigating technology, gender and empowerment. Pretoria, London & Ottawa: Unisa Press, Zed Books & International Development Research Centre.

Cardoso, Gustavo and Cláudia Lamy. 2011. Social networks: communication and change. JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations. 2:1 (Spring 2011), 70-92

Castells, Manuel. 1996, 2000. The Rise of the Network Society. Oxford: Blackwell Publisers.

Castells, Manuel. 2009. Communication Power, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

De Rosnay, Joël. 2006. La révolte du pronétariat: Des mass média aux média des masses (The Pronetarian Revolt: From mass media to the media of the masses). Paris: Fayard.

Dahlberg, Lincoln and Eugenia Siapera, ed. 2007. Radical Democracy and the Internet: Interrogating Theory and Practice. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Fenton, Natalie. 2008. Mediating Solidarity. Global Media and Communication, 4(1)m 37-57.

Gladwell, Malcom. Small Change: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted. The New Yorker, 4 October 2010. (accessed 20 September 2011)

Hafkin, Nancy. 2002. Gender Issues in ICT Policy in Developing Countries: An Overview. United Nations, Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW). Expert Group Meeting on “Information and communication technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women”. (accessed 31 August 2011)

Hafkin, Nancy and Nancy Taggart. 2001. Gender, Information Technology, and Developing Countries: An Analytic Study. Academy for Educational Development (AED). Office of Women in Development, Bureau for Global Programs, Field Support and Research United States Agency for International Development.,%20Information%20Technology,%20and%20Developing%20Countries-%20An%20Analytic%20Study.pdf (accessed 31 August 2011)

Hafkin, Nancy and Sophia Huyer, ed. 2006. Cinderella or Cyberella?: Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society. Bloomfield: Kumarian Press.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. 2000. Empire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Huyer, Sophia, Nancy Hafkin, Heidi Ertl, and Heather Dryburgh. 2005. Women in the information society. In From the digital divide to digital opportunities: Measuring infostates for development, ed. G. Sciadis. Montreal: Orbicom. (accessed 13 September 2011)

Harcourt, Wendy, ed. 1999. Women@internet: creating new cultures in Cyberspace. London: Zed.

Irving, Catherine J. and Leona M. English. 2011, Community in Cyberspace: Gender, Social Movement Learning, and the Internet. Adult Education Quarterly. 61:3, 262-278

Langlois, Andrea and Frédéric Dubois, ed. 2005. Autonomous Media: Activating Resistance & Dissent. Montreal: Cumulus Press.

Meena, Ruth, ed. 1992. Gender in Southern Africa: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues. Harare: Sapes Books.

Milek, Anne, Christoph Stork and Alison Gill. 2011. Engendering communication: a perspective on ICT access and usage in Africa. Info. 13:3, 125-141

Morozov, Evgeny. Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go, The Guardian, 7 March 2011. (accessed 19 September 2011)

Popova, Maria. Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong. Change Observer, 10 October 2010. (accessed 20 September 2011)

Rathgeber, Eva M. and Edith Ofwona Adera, ed. 2000. Gender and the Information Revolution in Africa. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.

Rieder, Bernhard. 2010. De la communauté à l’écume: quels concepts de sociabilité pour le “web social”? (From the Community to the Foam: What Concepts of Sociability for the “Social Web”?). TIC & Societé 4:1, 34-53

Spence, Nancy. 2010. Gender, ICTs, Human Development, and Prosperity. Information Technologies & International Development. 6:SE, 69-73

Srivastava, Lina. Welcome to the debate, Malcolm, Context / Culture / Collaboration, (accessed 20 September 2011)

UN WOMEN. 1995. Beijing Declaration: Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China – September 1995, Action for Equality, Development and Peace. (accessed 7 September 2011)

Usha Zacharias, Jane Arthurs, Catherine Driscoll, Becky Walker, Melissa Gregg, Nicole S. Cohen, Leslie Regan Shade, Yuping Mao, Rustem Ertug Altinay & Sarah Gorman (2008): Commentary and Criticism, Feminist Media Studies, 8:2, 197-223

van de Donk, Wim, Brian D. Loader, Paul G. Nixon and Dieter Rucht, ed. 2004. Cyberprotest: New media, citizens and social movements. London & New York: Routledge

Visvanathan, Nalini, Lynn Duggan, Laurie Nisonoff and Nan Wiergersma, ed. 1997. The Women, Gender & Development Reader. London and New Jersey, Dhaka, Bangkok, Halifazx, Cape Town: Zed Books, University Press, White Lotus, Fernwood Publishing, David Philip.

Wajcman, Judy. 2004. Technofeminism. Cambridge: Polity Press

WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society). 2003. Declaration of Principles: Building the Information Society: a global challenge in the new Millennium. (accessed 31 August 2011)




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