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Introduction to the Special Issue on Inequality in the Digital Environment
Department of Sociology, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Received: 9 November 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
Abstract: The purpose of this special issue is to explore social inequalities in the digital environment. The motivation for this issue is derived from the disproportionate focus on technological and economic aspects of the Information Society to the detriment of sociological and cultural aspects. The research presented here falls along three dimensions of inequality. Two papers explore the ways that race orders interaction online. A second pair of papers explores the experiences of technology users with physical and mental disabilities. A final paper looks at gender, and the higher rates of intimate partner violence experienced by women online. Taken as a whole, these five papers highlight some of the ways that the digital environment can reproduce or mitigate inequalities that have been molded and routinized in the physical environment.
Keywords: digital divide; digital inequality; social stratification
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Graham, R. Introduction to the Special Issue on Inequality in the Digital Environment. Future Internet 2013, 5, 580-584.
Graham R. Introduction to the Special Issue on Inequality in the Digital Environment. Future Internet. 2013; 5(4):580-584.
Graham, Roderick. 2013. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Inequality in the Digital Environment." Future Internet 5, no. 4: 580-584.