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The Digital Divide

Paperback / softback By Jan van Dijk
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Contrary to optimistic visions of a free internet for all, the problem of the ‘digital divide’ – the disparity between those with access to internet technology and those without – has persisted for close to twenty-five years.

In this textbook, Jan van Dijk considers the state of digital inequality and what we can do to tackle it. Through an accessible framework based on empirical research, he explores the motivations and challenges of seeking access and the development of requisite digital skills. He addresses key questions such as: Does digital inequality reduce or reinforce existing, traditional inequalities? Does it create new, previously unknown social inequalities? While digital inequality affects all aspects of society and the problem is here to stay, Van Dijk outlines policies we can put in place to mitigate it.

The Digital Divide is required reading for students and scholars of media, communication, sociology, and related disciplines, as well as for policymakers.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 208 pages Language: English
Dimension: 147 x 15 x 224mm ISBN10: 1509534458
Weight: 295g ISBN13: 9781509534456
Publication Date: 19 Nov 2019 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Jan van Dijk is Professor of Communication Science and Sociology of the Information Society at the University of Twente.

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“Van Dijk continues his twenty-five-year leadership in digital divide research, from motivations and attitudes, access to adoption, use and skills, through to outcomes and solutions. His integrative model organizes these issues into a thoughtful, critical and readable story.”Ronald Rice, University of California, Santa Barbara“Jan van Dijk can be considered the godfather of digital divide theory. In this book, he brings his earlier work forward into a world that has changed beyond what even he could imagine. Building on existing research and new theoretical developments, he shows that digital divides are changing shape and are likely getting worse. Anyone interested in why, what and who we should be worried about in increasingly digital societies has to read this book.”Ellen J. Helsper, author of The Digital Disconnect: Social Causes and Consequences of Digital Inequalities“The book is rich conceptually and provides frameworks and categorisations to explain every step of the digital media appropriation process.

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. a welcome resource for students and academics as a reference on the evolution of research on the digital divide since the mid-nineties.”Information, Communication & Society“The Digital Divide is an excellent reference for those being introduced to the subject and for those who have long been interested in the issue. I recommend it as a tool and look forward to using it myself in this strange, terrible and awe-inspiring year, and in many years to come.”Prometheus

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