Confronting Inequality in the Information Society
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By Bernardo Sorj
Book Description

The topic of this book, the digital divide, refers to the unequal distribution of resources associated with information and communication technology between countries and within societies. We will explore how one factor, in this case information technology, can potentially support contradictory tendencies: towards greater freedom and social participation and to deeper social inequality and new forms of concentration of power (excerpt taken from the book's Introduction).

Table of Contents
  • Front Matter / Elementos Pré-textuais / Páginas Iniciales
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Globalization as Democratic Utopia
  • 1. What is a telephone? Capitalist Civilization and Consumption
  • 2. Paths of Social Inequality
  • 3. What is the Information Society? Pyramids and Networks
  • 4. The Dimensions of the Digital Divide
  • 5. Telecommunications in Brazil: Public Services and Social Inequality
  • 6. Favelas, Consumption and Violence
  • 7. Viva Rio: Digital Inclusion in the Fight for Human Security
  • 8. Dignity Through Self-Image
  • 9. e-spaces for Communication
  • 10. e-education/e-training
  • 11. e-jobs/e-business
  • 12. e-citizenship
  • 13. Social Innovation, Non-governmental Organizations, Business and the State
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