The purpose of this special issue is to explore social inequalities in the digital environment. The motivation for this issue is derived from the disproportionate focus on technological and economic aspects of the Information Society to the detriment of sociological and cultural aspects. The research presented here falls along three dimensions of inequality. Two papers explore the ways that race orders interaction online. A second pair of papers explores the experiences of technology users with physical and mental disabilities. A final paper looks at gender, and the higher rates of intimate partner violence experienced by women online. Taken as a whole, these five papers highlight some of the ways that the digital environment can reproduce or mitigate inequalities that have been molded and routinized in the physical environment.
Original Publication Citation
Graham, R. (2013). Introduction to the special issue on inequality in the digital environment. Future Internet, 5(4), 580-584. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi5040580
Graham, Roderick, "Introduction to the Special Issue on Inequality in the Digital Environment" (2013). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 45.