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The Role of Computer Education in the Social Empowerment of Muslim Minority Women in Greek Thrace

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Keratso Georgiadou

This book explores the Muslim minority women’s perceptions of how computer education can lead them to social participation. Moreover, it discusses the contribution of (administrative) members of the community to this effort. The analysis of quantitative findings shows that Muslim women in Greek Thrace exhibit a more western-oriented behavioural intention to use computers. By evaluating multiple interviews, the author presents how women use the potential of computer education for social participation and empowerment. In doing so, she emphasises the role of information and communications technology as a window to the outside world.

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Chapter 1: Introduction ................................................................................. 13 1. Introduction .................................................................................................... 13 1.1 Background and Context ............................................................................... 13 1.2 Initial Research ............................................................................................... 14 1.2.1 Demographics of Participants ............................................................. 15 1.2.2 Relation to ICTs .................................................................................... 16 1.2.3 Places to Gather .................................................................................... 19 1.2.4 Conclusions ........................................................................................... 20 1.3 Further Research ............................................................................................. 22 1.4 Purpose and Need of Study ........................................................................... 23 1.5 Problem Statement ......................................................................................... 24 1.6 Statement of Purpose and Research Questions .......................................... 24 1.7 Research Approach ......................................................................................... 25 1.8 Rationale and Significance ............................................................................ 25 1.9 Study Structure ............................................................................................... 26 Chapter 2: Review of Literature .................................................................. 27 2. Introduction .................................................................................................... 27 2.1 Muslim Minority in Thrace ........................................................................... 27 2.1.1 Education of Minority .......................................................................... 29 2.1.2 Educational Choices for Muslim Students in Komotini .................. 35 2.2 Muslim Minority Women in Thrace ............................................................ 38 2.3 Overview of Literature for Minority Women ............................................. 40 2.4 Gender and ICTs ............................................................................................. 42 2.4.1 Information Society .............................................................................. 42 2.4.2 Digital Divide ........................................................................................ 43 2.5 Empowerment of Women ............................................................................. 50 2.6 Empowerment of Women and ICT .............................................................. 52 2.7 Muslim Women’s Empowerment through ICTs ......................................... 54 2.7.1 Economic Empowerment .................................................................... 54 2.7.2 Socio- Cultural Empowerment ............................................................ 56 10 2.7.3 Political Empowerment ........................................................................ 57 2.7.4 Empowerment of Women through Internet ..................................... 58 Chapter 3: Methodology ................................................................................ 61 3. Introduction and Overview ........................................................................... 61 3.1 Methodology and Discussions ...................................................................... 61 3.2 Rationale for Quantitative and Qualitative Research Designs ................. 62 3.3 Sample .............................................................................................................. 62 3.3.1 Women in Quantitative Research ....................................................... 63 3.3.2 Women in Qualitative Research ......................................................... 63 3.3.3 Key Informants ..................................................................................... 64 3.4 Overview of Information Needed ................................................................ 65 3.5 Research Design Overview ............................................................................ 66 3.6 Data Collection Methods ............................................................................... 69 3.6.1 Models Measuring Behaviour ............................................................. 69 3.6.2 TPB Method Adopted in Research ..................................................... 73 3.6.3 TAM Method Adopted in Research ................................................... 75 3.6.4 Structured Interviewing ....................................................................... 77 3.6.5 Key...

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