The third Digital Divide. A Weberian approach to digital inequalities

third-digital-divide Coming soon. The third Digital Divide. A Weberian approach to digital inequalities, Routledge, 2017

Drawing on the thought of Max Weber, in particular his theory of stratification, this book engages with the question of whether the digital divide simply extends traditional forms of inequality, or whether it also includes new forms of social exclusion, or perhaps manifests counter-trends that alleviate traditional inequalities whilst constituting new modalities of inequality. With attention to the manner in which social stratification in the digital age is reproduced and transformed online, the author develops an account of stratification as it exists in the digital sphere, advancing the position that, just as in the social sphere, inequalities in the online world go beyond the economic elements of inequality. As such, study of the digital divide should focus not simply on class dynamics or economic matters, but cultural aspects – such as status or prestige – and political aspects – such as group affiliations. Continue reading “The third Digital Divide. A Weberian approach to digital inequalities”


Call for Proposed Abstracts for a Special Section on “Weber and the Digital Divide: Class, Status, and Power in the Digital Age”

international journalMassimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University) and Glenn Muschert (Miami Univ.) are editing a special collection of articles on Max Weber and the Digital Divide. We are organizing a special journal section for the International Journal of Communication, which will examine how Max Weber’s theories may be used in studying digital inequalities. Indeed, this project builds (in part) on some of the ideas explored in our previous volume on The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Context (Routledge 2013).

Please see the attached Call for Proposals for details on the scope, timing, and mechanics of this project.

Also, please feel welcome to post this call for papers widely and to forward it to interested colleagues and students. We hope to see some proposals from many of you, and for now, please feel welcome to be in contact if you have any questions for us.

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The Digital Divide. The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective

digital divideThe Digital Divide.  The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective, Edited by Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn W. Muschert, Routledge, 2013.

Published 5th June 2013 by Routledge – 324 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology

This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of inequality and the stratification of the digital sphere.

Grounded in classical sociological theories of inequality, as well as empirical evidence, this book defines ‘the digital divide’ as the unequal access and utility of internet communications technologies and explores how it has the potential to replicate existing social inequalities, as well as create new forms of stratification. The Digital Divide examines how various demographic and socio-economic factors including income, education, age and gender, as well as infrastructure, products and services affect how the internet is used and accessed. Comprised of six parts, the first section examines theories of the digital divide, and then looks in turn at:

  • Highly developed nations and regions (including the USA, the EU and Japan);
  • Emerging large powers (Brazil, China, India, Russia);
  • Eastern European countries (Estonia, Romania, Serbia);
  • Arab and Middle Eastern nations (Egypt, Iran, Israel);
  • Under-studied areas (East and Central Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa).

Providingan interwoven analysis of the international inequalities in internet usage and access, this important work offers a comprehensive approach to studying the digital divide around the globe. It is an important resource for academic and students in sociology, social policy, communication studies, media studies and all those interested in the questions and issues around social inequality.

Read and download the Introduction and table of content

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