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Digital Divide
Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide

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Part of Communication, Society and Politics

  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521807517

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  • There is widespread concern that the explosive growth of the Internet is exacerbating existing inequalities between the information rich and poor. Digital Divide sets out to examine the evidence for access and use of the Internet in 179 nations across the world. A global divide is evident between industrialized and developing societies. A social divide is apparent between rich and poor within each nation. And within the online community, evidence for a democratic divide is emerging between those who do and do not use Internet resources to engage, mobilize and participate in public life.

    • The book provides the first systematic comparative study of the role of digital technologies and the growth of digital politics in 179 nations around the world
    • The book aims to provide a clear, well-written and original account of the role and impact of the Internet based on primary evidence
    • The book provides insights into the causes of inequalities in Internet access and use, including disparities among countries, within societies and within democracies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This path-breaking study in comparative political communication deserves a wide audience and is vital reading for anyone interested in the political impact of new information technologies." Press / Politics

    "...Digital Divide is one of those rare works that can fairy be labeled as groundbreaking..." Governance

    "It will likely become a standard in its area during the next few years." Bruce Bimber, University of California, Santa Barbara

    "In this valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about the effect of the Internet on social, political, and economic life within and between nations, Norris offers a general model to describe developments thus far.... Norris makes a valuable contribution to understanding the present situation, offers a descriptive model, and hints at future trends in an intellectually worthwhile manner." Choice

    "Pippa Norris in Digital Divide presents an extensively documented, well-reasoned, carefully argued, and well-balanced analysis of the role of the Internet..." Perspectives on Politics

    "Digital Divide is exciting, thought-provoking, and engaging...I expect it will make its way into future generations. If you read only one book on this topic, make it this one." Edward J. Valauskas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521807517
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 2 maps 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory Framework:
    1. The digital divide
    2. Understanding the digital divide: wired world
    3. Social inequalities
    Part II. The Virtual Political System:
    4. Theories of digital democracy
    5. e-governance
    6. Online parliaments
    7. Virtual parties
    8. Civic society
    Part III. The Democratic Divide:
    9. Cyberculture
    10. Digital engagement
    11. Conclusions: promoting digital democracy.

  • Author

    Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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