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Seniors and Technologies: Issues of inclusion and exclusion

Les personnes âgées et les technologies : enjeux d’inclusion et d’exclusion

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Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are ubiquitous and omnipresent in our society. They shape the way we live, work and interact. However, all members of society do not enjoy equal access to the opportunities offered by this "information society" (Mason and Hacker, 2003). Digital divide exists and stems from different factors such as age, income, level of education, along with cultural, economic and social dimensions. 

Announcement

Guest Editors

Houssein Charmarkeh and Martine Lagacé

Argument

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are ubiquitous and omnipresent in our society. They shape the way we live, work and interact. However, all members of society do not enjoy equal access to the opportunities offered by this "information society" (Mason and Hacker, 2003). Digital divide exists and stems from different factors such as age, income, level of education, along with cultural, economic and social dimensions. For example, in respect to age, seniors are lagging behind other age groups in terms of ICT access. Yet, beyond access, there is a type of digital divide based on age that has been less studied: the second-level digital divide (Hargittai, 2002; DiMaggio and al. 2004) which relates to disparities between young and old in terms of ICT usage and skills (Michel et al, 2009).

The purpose of this volume is to explore the dynamics between age, aging, and ICT. Over time, as our global population ages, we are becoming more digitally connected underlining the importance of reflecting on and understanding the linkages between these phenomenons.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts on various topics, including, by way of example only, the following:

  • Perceptions of seniors on technologies (from communicational, social and psychological perspectives, etc.);
  • Modes of usage (or non usage) and the process of appropriation (or non appropriation) of technologies by seniors;
  • Intergenerational dynamics in terms of seniors’ interest and usage of technologies;
  • Social Participation of seniors and technologies;
  • Health / healthcare, seniors and technologies;
  • Older workers and technologies;
  • Design of technologies for seniors as well as services provided to seniors;
  • Ageism and technologies.

Submission guidelines

Submissions should contribute to a critical analysis of the dynamics between age/aging and technologies with a focus on issues pertaining to inclusion and exclusion of older adults in a digitalized society. Manuscripts can rely on either theoretical or empirical approaches as well as different fields of study.

Extended abstracts (600 words) will be accepted

until December 1, 2015.

Please include a prospective title, 5-7 keywords and a short bio-note about yourself. We welcome abstracts and full-length papers in either English or French.

The editors will review the abstracts and invite submission of full-length papers (7,000 - 9,000 words) for blind peer-review. An invitation to submit a full-length paper is not a guarantee that the paper will be accepted, and all articles will undergo a peer-review process. Deadline for the submission of full-length papers: March 1, 2016.

To submit your abstract, or for any further queries regarding this special issue, please contact the issue editors directly: houssein.charmarkeh@uottawa.ca / martine.lagace@uottawa.ca

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Keywords

  • personne âgée, TIC, numérique, technologie

Contact(s)

  • Houssein Charmarkeh
    courriel : hcharmar [at] uottawa [dot] ca
  • martine Lagacé
    courriel : martine [dot] lagace [at] uottawa [dot] ca

Information source

  • Charmarkeh Houssein
    courriel : hcharmar [at] uottawa [dot] ca

To cite this announcement

« Seniors and Technologies: Issues of inclusion and exclusion », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, https://calenda.org/339880

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