Title: Community building through social media in a rural context

Authors: Gaurav Mishra; Reena Shah

Addresses: Development Management Institute (DMI), Patna – 800004, Bihar, India ' Indus Institute of Management Studies, Indus University, Rancharda, Via, Thaltej, Ahmedabad – 382 115, Gujarat, India

Abstract: The proliferation of social media has transformed the interface between technology and interpersonal communication. In the rural context, there is scarce work done to understand the use of social media by farmers with the objective of community building. To address this gap, the current study endeavoured to gain insights into the WhatsApp community in the rural context formed to facilitate farming among the community members in developing country like India. In this study, an attempt has been made to understand how WhatsApp, as a platform for content generation and sharing, is used by a group of farmers located in remote villages of Gujarat, India. From the study, it is evident that the WhatsApp platform helped to share locally relevant, mainly, the farming related information. WhatsApp group has enabled the members to create their content, and therefore has given rise to a new information and communication ecosystem.

Keywords: ICTs; information and communication technologies; technology human interaction; social media; technology adoption; WhatsApp; farmers; rural India; extension; community building; ICT for development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMC.2019.111167

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2019 Vol.7 No.4, pp.264 - 281

Accepted: 14 May 2019
Published online: 12 Nov 2020 *

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