The supportive network : Rural disadvantaged older people and ICT

Journal article


Baker, Steven, Warburton, Jeni, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Pascal, Jan. (2017) The supportive network : Rural disadvantaged older people and ICT. Ageing and Society. 37(6), pp. 1291-1309. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000350
AuthorsBaker, Steven, Warburton, Jeni, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Pascal, Jan
Abstract

The rapid development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) is profoundly transforming the social order, into what Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells calls the network society. Mobile technologies, such as smartphones and tablet computers, are perhaps the definitive tools of the network society; however, cultural and economic barriers exist that restrict access to these transformative tools and to the information networks in which they operate. One group that is particularly at risk is rural older people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This paper reports on one aspect of a larger action research project that involved working with a small group of rural, socially isolated older people with histories of homelessness and complex needs (N = 7) and their social workers. This paper focuses on the older participants who, having been provided tablet computers, were then supported to use the device in their homes over the course of eight months. Despite most participants having never used a computing device of any kind prior to the research project, findings suggested that participants gained confidence, independence and social engagement as a result of their ICT use. Results also highlighted that they experienced challenges in utilising ICT, specifically technical, economic and social barriers. Findings highlight the individual and structural issues that must be addressed to enable all citizens to participate fully in the network society.

Keywordsolder adults; social disadvantage; ICT; tablet computers; internet; rural; Manuel Castells; network society
Year2017
JournalAgeing and Society
Journal citation37 (6), pp. 1291-1309
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0144-686X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000350
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84964054465
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1291-1309
Publisher's version
License
All rights reserved
File Access Level
Controlled
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online07 Apr 2016
Publication process dates
Accepted02 Mar 2016
Deposited15 Jun 2021
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8w3x7/the-supportive-network-rural-disadvantaged-older-people-and-ict

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 1
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

Navigating the marketisation of community aged care services in rural Australia
Hodgkin, Suzanne, Savy, Pauline, Clune, Samantha and Mahoney, Anne-Marie. (2020) Navigating the marketisation of community aged care services in rural Australia. International Journal of Care and Caring. 4(3), pp. 377-393. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788220X15875789936065
Age-friendly care for older adults within rural Australian health systems : An integrative review
Winterton, Rachel, Hodgkin, Suzanne, Clune, Samantha Jane and Brasher, Kathleen. (2020) Age-friendly care for older adults within rural Australian health systems : An integrative review. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 40(1), pp. 16-34. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12834
A theory of rural case management : A Delphi study
Dellemain, Jozette, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Downey, Heather. (2020) A theory of rural case management : A Delphi study. The British Journal of Social Work. p. bcaa029. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa029
Expectations of care within marriage for older couples
Cash, Belinda, Warburton, Jeni and Hodgkin, Suzanne. (2019) Expectations of care within marriage for older couples. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 38(1), pp. E19-E24. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12590
Comprehensive geriatric assessment programmes : Possibilities, realities and outcomes
Savy, Pauline, Hodgkin, Suzanne, Long, Karrie, Melis, Rene, Lewis, Virginia, Furler, John, Lim, Kwang, Dow, Briony and Blackberry, Irene. (2019) Comprehensive geriatric assessment programmes : Possibilities, realities and outcomes. Evaluation Journal of Australasia. 19(3), pp. 115-133. https://doi.org/10.1177/1035719X19876153
Preparedness for caregiving : A phenomenological study of the experiences of rural Australian family palliative carers
Mason, Naomi and Hodgkin, Suzanne. (2019) Preparedness for caregiving : A phenomenological study of the experiences of rural Australian family palliative carers. Health and Social Care in the Community. 27(4), pp. 926-935. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12710
Predicting wellness among rural older Australians : A cross sectional study
Hodgkin, Suzanne, Warburton, Jennifer and Hancock, Shaun. (2018) Predicting wellness among rural older Australians : A cross sectional study. Rural and Remote Health. 18(3), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.22605/rrh4547
The social work hat as a metaphor for social work professional identity
Natasha, Long, Suzanne, Hodgkin, Fiona, Gardner and Jennifer, Lehmann. (2018) The social work hat as a metaphor for social work professional identity. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education. 20(2), pp. 115-128.
The new informational paradigm : Developing practice-led approaches to the use of mobile ICT in social work
Baker, Steven, Warburton, Jeni, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Pascal, Jan. (2018) The new informational paradigm : Developing practice-led approaches to the use of mobile ICT in social work. The British Journal of Social Work. 48(6), pp. 1791-1809. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx124
Workforce crisis in residential aged care : Insights from rural older workers
Hodgkin, Suzanne, Warburton, Jeni, Savy, Pauline and Moore, Melissa. (2017) Workforce crisis in residential aged care : Insights from rural older workers. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 76(1), pp. 93-105. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12204
Time, terrain and trust : Impacts of rurality on case management in rural Australia
Dellemain, J., Hodgkin, S. and Warburton, J.. (2017) Time, terrain and trust : Impacts of rurality on case management in rural Australia. Journal of Rural Studies. 49, pp. 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.11.006
Effort-reward imbalance and intention to retire early in Australian healthcare workers
Hodgkin, Suzanne, Paul, Warren and Warburton, Jeni. (2017) Effort-reward imbalance and intention to retire early in Australian healthcare workers. Australasian Journal of Organisational Psychology. 10(e2), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1017/orp.2017.2
Challenges in the provision of community aged care services across rural Australia : Perceptions of service managers
Savy, Pauline, Warburton, Jeni and Hodgkin, Suzanne. (2017) Challenges in the provision of community aged care services across rural Australia : Perceptions of service managers. Rural and Remote Health. 17(2), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH4059
A transformative approach to systems theory in caregiving research
Cash, Belinda, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Warburton, Jeni. (2017) A transformative approach to systems theory in caregiving research. Qualitative Social Work. 18(4), pp. 710-726. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325017749988
Practitioners' perspectives on choice for older spousal caregivers in rural areas
Cash, Belinda, Hodgkin, Suzanne and Warburton, Jeni. (2016) Practitioners' perspectives on choice for older spousal caregivers in rural areas. Australian Social Work. 69(3), pp. 283-296. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2015.1074258