Social work and the changing face of the digital divide


Steyaert, J. and Gould, N., 2009. Social work and the changing face of the digital divide. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (4), pp. 740-753.

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In this article, the concept of digital divide and its relation to social exclusion is analysed. After describing the several facets of the digital divide, the question is asked whether the divide is widening or narrowing? The definition of digital divide is reconsidered and the article argues that access to the technology alone is but a very rudimentary indicator of actually making use of digital opportunities. This is expanded in the section on risks arising from digital exclusion. Finally, implications of this approach of the digital divide for social work and social care are considered.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsSteyaert, J.and Gould, N.
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Uncontrolled Keywordsinformation society,social exclusion,digital divide
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Research CentresCentre for Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)
ID Code14402


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