[CITASA] Special Issue on Max Weber and Digital Divide Studies - Open Access

Glenn Muschert muschegw at miamioh.edu
Tue Sep 1 18:57:31 EDT 2015

The following may be of interest to colleagues in CITAMS.

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*International Journal of Communication*
*Publishes Special Section on*
*“Max Weber and Digital Divide Studies”*

Seminal sociologist Max Weber rarely wrote about media dynamics; however,
the Weberian perspective offers rich potential for the analysis of various
media issues, including the study of digital divides. In particular, the
contribution of a Weberian school of thought to the field is the addition
of noneconomic and nontechnical concerns to the study of digital
inequalities, most notably the importance of status/prestige, legitimacy,
group affiliations, life chances, and political relations as areas of focus.

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of social life are migrating and expanding on-line, including the
functioning of key social institutions; yet digital participation (like all
other aspects of social life) remains unequal. A Weberian perspective
allows a multifaceted view of such digital divides which include the
interplay of social class (lifestyle and culture), social status (prestige
and market influence), and power (political impact). Indeed, these key
distinctions Weber identified about inequality are still significant and
important in the digital age, although this perspective is in its nascent
stage. This Special Section focuses precisely on the potential of applying
Max Weber’s thought to digital divide studies.

This Special Section of the *International Journal of Communication*
presents a fresh look at insights garnered in studies of digital inequality
via the application of Weberian thought. It invites the reader to consider
the expanding conceptualization of inequalities in digital spheres, one
which moves beyond the economic and technical dimensions.

*Max Weber and Digital Divide Studies**—*guest-edited by Massimo Ragnedda
and Glenn W. Muschert—is a Special Section of *IJoC*.  It presents four
theoretical essays (though some are backed with empirical analyses)
focusing on multiple facets of Weber’s theory of stratification as applied
to the digital sphere. Thus, the articles in this collection examine issues
of social status, class relations, life chances, and political


·          Dimitar Blagoev, “St. Kliment Ohridski,” University of Sofia,

·          Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK

·          Darja Groselj, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford,

·          Glenn W. Muschert, Miami University, USA

·          Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University, UK

·          Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, University of
Oxford, UK

·          Bridgette Wessels, University of Sheffield, UK

Read this Special Section that just published August 14, 2015 at
*http://ijoc.org* <http://ijoc.org>*.*

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
*Managing Editor*

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