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Digital Divides in Europe

Culture, Politics and the Western-Southern Divide


Panayiota Tsatsou

This book examines the hotly debated subject of digital divides and specifically addresses the Western-Southern divide in Europe. It offers insights into selected countries of Southern and Western Europe – Greece, Portugal and the UK – and assesses the role of socio-cultural and decision-making parameters in the Western-Southern divide. It explores ordinary people’s insights into the digital divide and links them to the role policymakers and regulators play in the development of the information society. Thus, it offers an innovative approach that crosses disciplines and brings new media studies closer to cultural studies and the study of politics. The study identifies the role of decision-making and socio-cultural parameters in the Western-Southern divide in Europe and concludes that this divide should be seen as a ladder of divides influenced by a complex set of socio-cultural and policy/regulatory factors. The book reaches significant case-specific conclusions for the Western-Southern divide and argues that it is its profoundly socio-cultural and political/regulatory nature, while highlighting the implications for the European information society as a whole.
Contents: Introduction – Theory and Conceptual Foundations – The Western-Southern divide in Europe – Greece – Portugal – The UK – Empirical Analysis – Association between Internet use and social culture in the West and South of Europe – Association between Internet use and policy and regulation in the West and South of Europe – Internet adoption influenced by social culture and decision-making: an inferential analysis – Concluding remarks.