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.
Chatper 2: A Framework for Understanding the Digital Divide
A Relational View of Inequality
This chapter contains the theoretical background and the backbone of the argument in the book as a whole. The conceptual distinctions and models concerned are offered as a framework for understanding the phenomenon of the digital divide, making it more appropriate for investigation. An elaborated framework for digital divide research is urgently needed, as current research suffers a lack of conceptual clarity and in-depth analysis. Even basic concepts such as access remain ill defined. The nature of most research remains descriptive: It has problems going beyond the demographics of differential new media access.
Relational and Individualistic Views of Inequality
One of the reasons for the descriptive nature of current research ...