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The Deepening Divide

Author: Jan A.G.M. van Dijk
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Publishing date: 2005
ISBN: 1-4129-0402-1 (cloth)
ISBN: 1-4129-0403 (paperback)

At the end of the 1990’s, a critical issue appeared to block the widespread benefits of computers and the Internet: the digital divide. Usually defined as the gap between those who have access to computers and the Internet and those who do not, the digital divide is the subject of debate and widespread media attention. Jan van Dijk reframes and expands this concept, examining the digital divide as a social and political problem, not merely a technological one.

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 on this topic and theoretical framework which to analyze and approach the issue.

Key Features

  • Presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself
  • Summarizes the history of its subject matter, explores its status in the present day in unprecedented depth, and offers a road map for bridging the “digital divide” in the future
  • Sets the standard for theoretical analysis in its field, eschewing prior publications’ over-reliance on statistics, and thus expanding its shelf life without sacrificing timeless

The Deepening Divide offers insights to students, researchers, policymakers, and professionals in media and communication studies, sociology, educational policy, public policy, and computer education.

Jan A.G.M. van Dijk is an internationally recognized expert in the field of communication, with new media studies as his primary interest. The author of The Network Society: Social Aspects of New Media (SAGE, 1999) and coeditor of Digital Democracy: Issues of Theory and Practice (SAGE, 2000), van Dijk is a professor of Communication Science at Twente University, the Netherlands, and serves as an advisor to the European Commission of the Information Society Forum.