Cyberghetto or Cybertopia?: Race, Class, and Gender on the Internet

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Computer-mediated communication and cyberculture are dramatically changing the nature of social relationships. Whether cyberspace will simply retain vestiges of traditional communities with hierarchical social links and class-structured relationships or create new egalitarian social networks remains an open question. The chapters in this volume examine the issue of social justice on the Internet by using a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives.

Political scientists, sociologists, and communications and information systems scholars address issues of race, class, and gender on the Internet in chapters that do not assume any specialized training in computer technology.

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Political scientists, sociologists, and communication and information scholars explore the implications of the Internet for social justice. Among the issues they address are whether electronic networks will accommodate marginal constituencies within the notions of economic, social, and political empowerment; the potential of the new cyberculture to encompass the cultural forms of marginal constituencies; and how the commercial imperatives of the Internet redefine the relationship between elite and marginal constituencies in terms of production and access to knowledge. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275959937
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

BOSAH EBO is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Rider University, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

1 Internet or Outernet? 1
2 Exposing the Great Equalizer: Demythologizing Internet Equity 15
3 Ensuring Social Justice for the New Underclass: Community Interventions to Meet the Needs of the New Poor 33
4 The Challenge of Cyberspace: Internet Access and Persons with Disabilities 49
5 Cyber-Soldiering: Race, Class, Gender, and New Media Use in the U.S. Army 65
6 How the Web Was Won: The Commercialization of Cyberspace 83
7 Challenging the Mandarins: Comparing City Characteristics and Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of the Internet, 1993-95 103
8 Domination and Democracy in Cyberspace: Reports from the Majority Media and Ethnic/Gender Margins 121
9 Equity and Access to Computer Technology for Grades K-12 137
10 On the Electronic Information Frontier: Training the Information-Poor in an Age of Unequal Access 153
11 Democratizing Internet Access in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities 171
12 Communicative Style and Gender Differences in Computer-Mediated Communications 185
13 Netsex: Empowerment Through Discourse 205
14 Embracing the Machine: Quilt and Quilting as Community-Building Architecture 219
Index 235
About the Editor and Contributors 237
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