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ICTs and the computerised Hijab: Women's experiences of ICT in the UAE

Vodanovich, S and Urquhart, C (2017) ICTs and the computerised Hijab: Women's experiences of ICT in the UAE. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 82 (1). ISSN 1681-4835

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Abstract

This paper discusses a grounded theory study of women’s experience of ICTs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We were particularly interested in whether their gender, and the society in which they live, affected that experience. We identify three themes, ICT Use, Gender Perspective and UAE Society which together constitute an emergent theory of Women’s ICT experience in the UAE. We conclude by engaging the emergent theory with individual differences theory. Our findings show that ICT use in the UAE is a profoundly gendered experience, shaped by the Islam based society in which the women live.

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