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Title:Jobs and family relations: Use of computers and mobile phones among Hispanic day laborers in Seattle
Author(s):Baron, Luis Fernando; Neils, Moriah; Gomez, Ricardo
Subject(s):Day laborers
Information literacy
Information behavior
Information Resources
Cell phones
Hispanics in the United States
Abstract:This paper presents the results of a research project on the use of computers and mobile phones by Hispanic day laborers at Casa Latina, a non-profit organization in Seattle, Washington. Drawing from over 100 interviews, participatory observations and a focus group, we found that information and communication technologies (ICT) help immigrant day laborers to remain connected with their families and their employers. Mobile phones complement but do not replace the use of computers: mobile phones are used primarily to obtain jobs, while computers and the Internet are used mostly to communicate with family and friends. The results of this study offer new insight regarding the way day laborers use ICT to facilitate their navigation and integration into society as immigrants with precarious existences in the US. This study can also inform programs to help provide better support services and training that can effectively meet the needs of these extremely underserved populations.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Baron, L. F., Neils, M., & Gomez, R. (2013). Jobs and family relations: Use of computers and mobile phones among Hispanic day laborers in Seattle. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 65-73). doi:10.9776/13145
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-28

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