The digital divide: The Internet and social inequality in international perspective

Massimo Ragnedda, Glenn W. Muschert

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    This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of inequality and the stratification of the digital sphere.

    Grounded in classical sociological theories of inequality, as well as empirical evidence, this book defines ‘the digital divide’ as the unequal access and utility of internet communications technologies and explores how it has the potential to replicate existing social inequalities, as well as create new forms of stratification. The Digital Divide examines how various demographic and socio-economic factors including income, education, age and gender, as well as infrastructure, products and services affect how the internet is used and accessed.

    • Under-studied areas (East and Central Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa).

    Providingan interwoven analysis of the international inequalities in internet usage and access, this important work offers a comprehensive approach to studying the digital divide around the globe. it is an important resource for academic and students in sociology, social policy, communication studies, media studies and all those interested in the questions and issues around social inequality.

    Original languageBritish English
    Number of pages324
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203069769
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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