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Actor-Networks and “Practices” of Development: Impact of a Weather Information System in West Bengal

Abstract : In this paper, we leverage an actor-network theory approach to examine an information system that produces and disseminates weather forecasts and associated agricultural recommendations to small-scale and marginal farmers in two districts in West Bengal in India. We find an actor-network important in understanding technology-related social practices. The emphasis ANT places on the negotiations and contestations in the context of a technological initiative allows us to understand the mechanisms (rather than merely the outcomes) of such developmental interventions.
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Bidisha Chaudhuri, Purnabha Dasgupta, Onkar Hoysala, Linus Kendall, Janaki Srinivasan. Actor-Networks and “Practices” of Development: Impact of a Weather Information System in West Bengal. 14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D), May 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. pp.809-815, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_66⟩. ⟨hal-01650098⟩

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