Digital Capital

Authors: Park, Sora

  • Explains why the use of digital technology varies among different people and what the long term consequences of such divergent uses are
  • Examines how 'digital capital' leads to new forms of digital inequality
  • Combines over a decade of empirical research on digital media users and policy discourse on digital divide 
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About this book

This book describes and understands the many factors that influence a person’s behavior towards digital technologies, and how that affects the person’s potential to benefit from digital society. The ability to adapt to these new technological environments - and the extent to which an individual embraces them - has become critical to an individual’s well-being and quality of life, the underlying assumption being that only by effectively engaging with digital technologies can the user accrue benefits from the experience. By introducing the concept “digital capital,” which refers to the conditions that determine how people access, use, and engage with digital technology, Park examines how the digital ecosystem of the user lead to new forms of digital inequality. Using numerous empirical studies on internet users and non-users, as well as recommending small localized solutions to the big global problem, a critical and alternative perspective of the digital divide is provided.

About the authors

Sora Park is the Director of the News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra, Australia. Her research focuses on digital media users, media markets and policy.

Reviews

“This is a timely intervention into the literature on digital inclusion, inequality, and literacy, which both historicises and updates the literature for our contemporary conditions of digital ubiquity.” (Dr Bjorn Nansen, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Park, Sora

    Pages 1-10

  • The Varied Spectrum of Digital Engagement

    Park, Sora

    Pages 13-34

  • The State of Digital Inequalities: Interplay Between Social and Digital Exclusion

    Park, Sora

    Pages 35-62

  • Understanding Digital Capital Within a User’s Digital Technology Ecosystem

    Park, Sora

    Pages 63-82

  • Preconditions of Digital Engagement

    Park, Sora

    Pages 83-106

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59332-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59331-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Capital
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59332-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59332-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59331-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 247
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
Topics