The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society

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SAGE Publications, Feb 15, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 248 pages
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The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society explains why the digital divide is still widening and, in advanced high-tech societies, deepening. Taken from an international perspective, the book offers full coverage of the literature and research and a theoretical framework from which to analyze and approach the issue. Where most books on the digital divide only describe and analyze the issue, Jan van Dijk presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself.

 

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Contents

2 A Framework for Understanding the Digital Divide
9
3 Motivational Access
27
4 Material Access
45
5 Skills Access
71
6 Usage Access
95
7 Inequality in the Information Society
131
8 Inequality in the Network Society
145
9 The Stakes
163
10 Policy Perspectives
181
References
219
Index
233
About the Author
240
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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 (SAGE, 2012) 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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