An Interpretivist Case Study of a South African Rural Multi-Purpose Community Centre

Jean-Paul Van Belle, Jonathan Trusler


This article presents an in-depth case study analysis of a single rural telecentre located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The study embraces the socio-technical research paradigm and uses a combination of hermeneutics and actor-network theory as the theoretical foundation with which to explore the mutual interaction between people and ICTs. The objective of the analysis is to gain a much deeper and richer understanding of the implementation issues of a multi-purpose community centre in a rural development situation.

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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441