Max Weber and Digital Divide Studies: Introduction

Ragnedda, Massimo and Muschert, Glenn (2015) Max Weber and Digital Divide Studies: Introduction. International Journal of Communication, 9. pp. 2757-2762. ISSN 1932–8036

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Abstract

Seminal sociologist Max Weber rarely wrote about media dynamics; however, the Weberian perspective offers rich potential for the analysis of various media issues, including the study of digital divides. In particular, the contribution of a Weberian school of thought to the field seems to be the addition of noneconomic and nontechnical concerns to the study of digital inequalities, most notably the importance of status and legitimacy and group affiliations and political relations as areas of focus. This piece introduces the Special Section on Max Weber and digital divide studies and clarifies the inspiration behind it. It briefly presents the article contributions, while summarizing their arguments, and offers a broad discussion of Weber’s relevance to digital divide studies as a way of understanding the individual articles as a shared intellectual effort.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Media & Communication Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 17:20
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2016 07:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24147

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