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Causes and trends of the digital divide : a European perspective

Ursachen und Trends der digitalen Spaltung: eine europäische Perspektive

Korupp, Sylvia E.


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Körperschaftlicher Herausgeber Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Abstract "Starting point of the author's research is the appearance of a new form of social inequality: the digital divide. He defines this abstract notion as the opening cleavage between the information poor and the information rich, forming an additional source of inequality within the already established social ordering. He deals with reasons for private computer and internet use. The general question is who uses internet for her or his private ends and how do we explain possible differences. Research on this topic sometimes is challenged by charges of studying a non-existent myth or 'luxury' problem. However, computer literacy seems to be significantly related to socioeconomic positions. Most of the studies deal with the numbers and counts of computers, hosts, internet connections, indicating a predominantly economistic view towards the problem. This approach, however, disregards all other social, cultural, or technological implications. His results indicate that human capital and social capital are more important than economic capital when looking at the pathways of innovation diffusion. All in all, money seems to be the least important measure to understand patterns of the unequal technology diffusion. He concludes that successful new technologies do not diffuse haphazardly but systematically into our society. The usual diffusion process is a vertical movement from the highest to the lowest status position along the socio-economic strata until most households directly or indirectly are included." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter digitalization; social inequality; inequality; information; information society; computer; Internet; human capital; social capital; innovation; diffusion; technology; socioeconomic factors; private household
Klassifikation Soziologie von Gesamtgesellschaften; Technikfolgenabschätzung
Methode deskriptive Studie
Titel Sammelwerk, Herausgeber- oder Konferenzband Soziale Ungleichheit, kulturelle Unterschiede: Verhandlungen des 32. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in München. Teilbd. 1 und 2
Herausgeber Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert
Konferenz 32. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie "Soziale Ungleichheit - kulturelle Unterschiede". München, 2004
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2006
Verlag Campus Verl.
Erscheinungsort Frankfurt am Main
Seitenangabe S. 3043-3051
ISBN 3-593-37887-6
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet
Lizenz Deposit Licence - Keine Weiterverbreitung, keine Bearbeitung