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Handbook of Digital Inequality

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Handbook of Digital Inequality

9781788116565 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Eszter Hargittai, Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 656 5 Extent: c 400 pp
This cutting-edge Handbook offers fresh perspectives on the key topics related to the unequal use of digital technologies. Considering the ways in which technologies are employed, variations in conditions under which people use digital media and differences in their digital skills, it unpacks the implications of digital inequality on life outcomes.

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This cutting-edge Handbook offers fresh perspectives on the key topics related to the unequal use of digital technologies. Considering the ways in which technologies are employed, variations in conditions under which people use digital media and differences in their digital skills, it unpacks the implications of digital inequality on life outcomes.

International contributors assess a variety of key contexts that impact access to digital technologies, including contextual variations related to geography and infrastructure, as well as individual differences related to age, income, health and disability status. Chapters explore how variations emerge across the life course, illustrating the effects of digital disparities on personal wellbeing. Intervening in critical debates relating to the digital divide, this Handbook offers key insights into privacy and trust issues that affect technological usage.

Employing both quantitative and qualitative investigations into the relationship between social inequality and the Internet, this Handbook is crucial reading for scholars and researchers in both communication and sociology, particularly those focusing on digital inequalities and human–computer interactions. It will also benefit policymakers in need of innovative approaches to understanding, challenging and addressing the digital divide.
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‘The pandemic highlighted the critical and persistent need for widespread and equitable use of the internet in societies throughout the world. This timely Handbook provides a roadmap forward, with a comprehensive view of leading research, written by an international and stellar set of authors who have shaped the field and continue to innovate with new insights.’
– Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University, US

‘At the dawn of the Internet age, digital inequality was a central concern. But then a combination of triumphalism (in the developed nations) and spiraling complexity (rapid proliferation of ways to go online and things to do there) led attention to shift away from this topic. As work and schooling moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world rediscovered that inequality in access to digital platforms and resources remains high and is ever more central to social inequality overall. Eszter Hargittai has identified the scholars who have sustained a research focus on digital inequality and have found ways to cast empirical light on such complex issues as the impact of different ways of accessing the internet and variation in online skills, and has produced a Handbook that will be invaluable to anyone who cares about social inequality – just when we need it the most.’
– Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University, US

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