Conflicting discourses on aspiration: Voices from Guatemala on migration and technology.

Abstract

We examine here the role of ICT training within the aspirational ecology of marginalized peoples lacking local economic opportunities. Drawing off 60 inā€depth qualitative interviews with youth, people with disabilities, demobilized and displaced peoples and administrators of social programs, two conflicting discourses stand out. We find that a strong discourse of aspiration around technology is positioned uniquely among marginalized peoples we interviewed within a larger desire for pride in vocation. We propose that studies of the emergent field of technology and development, especially in Latin America, need a greater emphasis on people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and demobilized and displaced populations, all of whom are at risk of both economic and social marginalization.

Recommended Citation

Frix, M., Pal, J. (2009) Conflicting discourses on aspiration: Voices from Guatemala on migration and technology. Paper presented at the Conference on Development and Information Technologies. Mobile Phones and Internet in Latin America and Africa. Barcelona, Spain, October 2009.

Keywords

migration, aspiration, accessibility