Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin

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Over the past few decades, Austin, Texas, has made a concerted effort to develop into a “technopolis,” becoming home to companies such as Dell and numerous start-ups in the 1990s. It has been a model for other cities across the nation that wish to become high-tech centers while still retaining the livability to attract residents. Nevertheless, this expansion and boom left poorer residents behind, many of them African American or Latino, despite local and federal efforts to ...
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Overview

Over the past few decades, Austin, Texas, has made a concerted effort to develop into a “technopolis,” becoming home to companies such as Dell and numerous start-ups in the 1990s. It has been a model for other cities across the nation that wish to become high-tech centers while still retaining the livability to attract residents. Nevertheless, this expansion and boom left poorer residents behind, many of them African American or Latino, despite local and federal efforts to increase lower-income and minority access to technology.
This book was born of a ten-year longitudinal study of the digital divide in Austin—a study that gradually evolved into a broader inquiry into Austin’s history as a segregated city, its turn toward becoming a technopolis, what the city and various groups did to address the digital divide, and how the most disadvantaged groups and individuals were affected by those programs.
The editors examine the impact of national and statewide digital inclusion programs created in the 1990s, as well as what happened when those programs were gradually cut back by conservative administrations after 2000. They also examine how the city of Austin persisted in its own efforts for digital inclusion by working with its public libraries and a number of local nonprofits, and the positive impact those programs had.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292754386
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Sr., Centennial Professor of Communication in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeremiah Spence is a Ph.D. candidate in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Zeynep Tufekci is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Roberta G. Lentz is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Digital Inequity in the Austin Technopolis: An Introduction
Joseph Straubhaar, Zeynep Tufekci, Jeremiah Spence, and Viviana Rojas

Chapter 2. Structuring Race in the Cultural Geography of Austin
Jeremiah Spence, Joseph Straubhaar, Alexander Cho, and Dean Graber

Chapter 3. A History of High Tech and the Technopolis in Austin
Lisa Hartenberger, Zeynep Tufekci, and Stuart Davis

Chapter 4. Past and Future Divides: Social Mobility, Inequality, and the Digital Divide in Austin during the Tech Boom
Zeynep Tufekci

Chapter 5. The Digital Divide: The National Debate and Federal- and State-Level Programs
Ed Lenert, Miyase Christensen, Zeynep Tufekci, and Karen Gustafson

Chapter 6. Crossing the Digital Divide: Local Initiatives in Austin
Carolyn Cunningham, Holly Custard, Joseph Straubhaar, Jeremiah Spence, Dean Graber, and Bethany Letalien

Chapter 7. Structuring Access: The Role of Austin Public Access Centers in Digital Inclusion
Roberta Lentz, Joseph Straubhaar, Laura Dixon, Dean Graber, Jeremiah Spence, Bethany Letalien, and Antonio LaPastina

Chapter 8. Bridging the Broadband Gap or Recreating Digital Inequalities? The Social Shaping of Public Wi-Fi in Austin
Martha Fuentes-Bautista and Nobuya Inagaki

Chapter 9. Communities, Cultural Capital, and Digital Inclusion: Ten Years of Tracking Techno-Dispositions and Techno-Capital
Viviana Rojas, Joseph Straubhaar, Jeremiah Spence, Debasmita Roychowdhury, Ozlem Okur, Juan Piñon, and Martha Fuentes-Bautista

Chapter 10. Conclusion
Joseph Straubhaar

Contributors
Index

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