Journal Article

Social Work and the Changing Face of the Digital Divide

Jan Steyaert and Nick Gould

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 4, pages 740-753
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp022
Social Work and the Changing Face of the Digital Divide

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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.

Keywords: digital divide; social exclusion; information society

Journal Article.  5680 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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