Xue, Ming - Cold War Legacies in Contemporary Institutionalized Thinking on Development Communication: A Case St...

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This extended essay has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Term: 
Fall 2017
Degree: 
M.A.
Degree type: 
Extended Essay
Department: 
School of Communication
Faculty: 
Communication, Art & Technology
Senior supervisor: 
Yuezhi Zhao
Thesis title: 
Cold War Legacies in Contemporary Institutionalized Thinking on Development Communication: A Case Study of Two UNDP and EP ICT4D Reports
Given Names: 
Ming
Surname: 
Xue
Abstract: 
Although information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D) is situated in a globalized Information Age nominally marked by a shift away from the dominant paradigm of development, Cold War-era ideological fallout continue to linger in development communication literature describing ICT4D. A critical hermeneutic analysis of two ICT4D reports, one commissioned by the European Parliament (EP) and one by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), delineates the Cold War legacies in contemporary supranational organizations’ institutionalized thinking on development communication.
Keywords: 
Capability approach; cold war; critical hermeneutics; development studies; dominant paradigm; EP; EU; ICT4D; modernization theory; UNDP
Total pages: 
51