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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

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1. Introduction

This study seeks to explore the phenomenon of social empowerment of Muslim minority women in Greek Thrace through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The purpose of this multi-case study is to explore, with two samples of women of the Muslim minority living in the area of Thrace, their perceptions of how the computer education can lead them to pathways for their social participation and moreover the contribution of members of their community in administrative positions in this respect. It was anticipated that the ideas, the observations and the conclusions generated from this study would bring new insights on this subject.

This research employed qualitative and quantitative study methodology to illustrate the phenomenon under examination. Participants of the study included three purposefully selected groups of 137 women for the quantitative part of the research, 28 women and 30 key informants for the qualitative part of the research. This chapter begins with an overview of the context and the background that frames the study.

Following, the initial research as a starting point is quoted. The purpose and the need of the study, the problem statement, the statement of purpose and the research questions also. The research approach, the rationale and the significance of the study, the researcher’s contribution to the research, and finally the structure of the thesis and the outlines of the chapters are included.

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