The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society

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SAGE Publications, Feb 15, 2005 - Computers - 240 pages
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Contents
1. Introduction
A digital divide: the agenda
The pitfalls of a metaphor
Reframing the digital divide
2. A Framework to Understand the Digital Divide
A relational view on inequality
Relational and individualistic views of inequality
The core argument
Central concepts
A framework model and future research
3. Motivational Access
Introduction
The have-nots and the want-nots
Intermittent users, drop-outs, evaders and the truly unconnected
Reasons to (not) get access
Conclusions
4. Material Access
Introduction
Widening and narrowing physical access gaps
Projections of the evolution of the digital divide
Conclusions
5. Skills Access
Introduction
Operational skills
Information skills
Strategic skills
Why practice is more important than courses
Conclusions
6. Usage Access
Introduction
Properties of ICT (hardware and software)
Properties of ICT (content)
A survey of computer and Internet use
Explanations of differential usage access
The Matthew effect and the rise of usage gaps
Conclusions
7. Inequality in the Information Society
Introduction
What is an information society?
Information as a primary good
Information as a positional good
Information as a source of skills
Conclusions
8. Inequality in the Network Society
Introduction
What is a network society?
Networks and social inequality
Networks at work
Networks in education
Networks in social life
Networks in households
Conclusions
9. The Stakes: Participation or Exclusion
Introduction
Economic participation
Educational participation
Social participation
Spatial participation
Cultural participation
Political participation
Institutional participation
Conclusions
10. Policy Perspectives
The digital divide as a comprehensive social problem
A background of rising general inequality
The digital divide in Northern America, Europe, Eastern Asia and the Third World
Policy instruments to close the digital divide
References
Index
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Jan A.G.M. van Dijk is an internationally recognized expert in the field of communication, his specific interest being new media studies.  Van Dijk is the author of The Network Society: Social Aspects of the New Media (SAGE, 1999) and co-editor of Digital Democracy: Issues of Theory and Practice (SAGE, 2000).  He is an advisor of the European Commission in the Information Society Forum.  As a professor of Communication Science at Twente University, van Dijk teaches and develops the sociology of the information society, in particular the social-cultural, political, and organizational aspects. 

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