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Digital Divide : Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide - Pippa Norris

Digital Divide

Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide

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Published: 21st January 2002
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There is widespread concern that the growth of the Internet is exacerbating inequalities between the information rich and poor. Digital Divide examines access and use of the Internet in 179 nations world-wide. A global divide is evident between industrialized and developing societies. A social divide is apparent between rich and poor within each nation. Within the online community, evidence for a democratic divide is emerging between those who do and do not use Internet resources to engage and participate in public life. Part I outlines the theoretical debate between cyber-optimists who see the Internet as the great leveler. Part II examines the virtual political system and the way that representative institutions have responded to new opportunities on the Internet. Part III analyzes how the public has responded to these opportunities in Europe and the United States and develops the civic engagement model to explain patterns of participation via the Internet.

'Norris's worldwide comparison of 179 countries' national and political context of Internet access and use is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the problem of the digital divide because it blends together the economic aspect with socioeconomic and democratic development with a systematic framework.' Prometheus

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductory Framework
The Digital Dividep. 3
Understanding the Digital Dividep. 26
Wired Worldp. 39
Social Inequalitiesp. 68
The Virtual Political System
Theories of Digital Democracyp. 95
e-Governancep. 112
Online Parliamentsp. 132
Virtual Partiesp. 148
Civic Societyp. 171
The Democratic Divide
Cyberculturep. 195
Civic Engagementp. 217
Conclusions: Promoting e-Democracyp. 232
Nations in the Study and Abbreviated Names Used in Figuresp. 241
Notesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780521002233
ISBN-10: 0521002230
Series: Communication, Society and Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 21st January 2002
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47