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Digital divide : civic engagement, information poverty, and the Internet worldwide
Norris, Pippa.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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xv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
1. The digital divide -- 2. Understanding the digital divide -- 3. Wired world -- 4. Social inequalities -- 5. Theories of digital democracy -- 6. e-governance -- 7. Online parliaments -- 8. Virtual parties -- 9. Civic society - 10. Cyberculture -- 11. Civic engagement -- 12. Conclusions : promoting e-democracy.

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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.

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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 (Harvard Univ.) offers a general model to describe developments thus far. The volume is full of relevant data displayed clearly and intelligently. Norris asks appropriate questions about the multiple claims for the Internet as a revolutionary force in all fields and for those who argue that the status quo is likely to be sustained--or worse. International, intranational and subnational politics, and civic life are assessed and some cautious conclusions drawn, with appropriate deference to the difficulties analysts have had in assessing the effects of new technologies on politics and social life. Currently, the overwhelming dominance of the postindustrial nations is clearly being enhanced by their use of information resources. Information now widely available to all for the first time makes the possibility of new coalitions for specific purposes more likely in many settings, but the number of politically literate does not seem to increase merely because of this fact. Norris makes a valuable contribution to understanding the present situation, offers a descriptive model, and hints at future trends in an intellectually worthwhile manner. Strongly recommended for general readers and upper-division undergraduates and above. E. Lewis New College of Florida

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Part I. Introductory Framework
1 The Digital Dividep. 3
2 Understanding the Digital Dividep. 26
3 Wired Worldp. 39
4 Social Inequalitiesp. 68
Part II. The Virtual Political System
5 Theories of Digital Democracyp. 95
6 e-Governancep. 112
7 Online Parliamentsp. 132
8 Virtual Partiesp. 148
9 Civic Societyp. 171
Part III. The Democratic Divide
10 Cyberculturep. 195
11 Civic Engagementp. 217
12 Conclusions: Promoting e-Democracyp. 232
Appendix A Nations in the Study and Abbreviated Names Used in Figuresp. 241
Notesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 287