Published on March 12, 2014
Case study 2 Information technologies and social ties in Sudanese job market Based on Mann (2013), Oxford Internet Institute Media culture and neoliberlism in the global South. March 2014 Presented by El No, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sayga employees 80% of employees found out about their jobs through a social contact (2010) Wasta (Arabic) A person of influence. Using one’s connections and/or influence to get things done.
Liberalisation of economy Distrust of national domestic education - ‘Education Revolution’ in the early 1990s The Privatisation of opportunities Job opportunities goes to ‘in groups’ Sayga employees 80% of employees found out about their jobs through a social contact (2010)
Social ties and the Internet The majority of American professionals rely on ‘weak ties’ for information about jobs (Granovetter, 1973; 1995) But, Khartoum survey revealed strong and strengthening ‘social ties’ among job contacts (Mann, 2013) Job information is so precious, so it goes through strong ties and not widely shared through weak ties by ICTs
Public advertisement State agencies Marginalised job seekers Internal advertisement Recruitment channels Networked job seekers Job markets get exclusive and segregated Universities
For people who can access to the Internet - wealthier - speak better English - have transnational experiences Filter the applicants Public advertisement State agencies Internal advertisement Recruitment channels Universities Online Ads.
References Mann, Laura (2013) "We do our bit in our own space": DAL Group and the Development of a Curiously Sudanese Enclave Economy. Journal of Modern African Studies 51 (2). Mann, Laura (2012) Information Technologies and Marginalization in African Market Economies (Society and the Internet Lecture Series, Part 9) http://webcast.oii.ox.ac.uk/?view=Webcast&ID=20120117_408 Mark Granovetter (1973) ‘The Strength of Weak Ties’ American Journal of Sociology. 78,5. Mark Granovetter (1995) Getting a Job: a Study of Contacts and Careers Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
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