Internet, Sexuality and Development: Putting Early Adolescents First

By Komalsingh Rambaree.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Like many other countries, Mauritius has experienced some major socioeconomic changes as a result of its advancement towards a technology-based society. Such socio-economic changes are indeed impacting on people’s life. Given that early adolescents represent an important section of the future generation, this study focuses on this specific population to look at issues related to the Internet, sexuality and development in Mauritius. Within this context, using Altas-ti 5.0 (a computer aided qualitative data analysis software) a thematic network analysis of 136 narratives and 8 focus group discussions of Mauritian early adolescents (10-14 years old) is carried out to answer the following research questions: How do Mauritian early adolescents access the Internet? What do they use the Internet for? How do they perceive the Internet? What is the nature of their sexual interactions over the Internet? Finally, the paper also considers some indications about future directions for public policy on the Internet, sexuality and development in Mauritius.

Keywords: Internet, Early Adolescent and Sexuality

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.105-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.760MB).

Dr. Komalsingh Rambaree

Lecturer, Faculty, Social Studies, Social Studies & Humanities, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Reduit, Mauritius

Dr. Komalsingh Rambaree is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Mauritius. He has studied the following degrees at the University of Manchester (UK): a MA (Econs) Social Policy and Social Development (2000), a MRes in Crime and Criminal Justice (2003)and a PhD in Social Policy (2007). His research areas are: Internet, Early Adolescent and Sexuality and Poverty and Environment.

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