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‘You Are Too Out!’: A mixed methods study of the ways in which digital divides articulate status and power in China

Xiao, ZhiMin (2020) '‘You Are Too Out!’: A mixed methods study of the ways in which digital divides articulate status and power in China.' Information Development, 36 (2). pp. 257-270. ISSN 0266-6669

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Abstract

This study investigates the differences in adolescent engagement with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), such as computers, the Internet, and mobile phones. Involving 698 second-year high school students from urban, rural, and ethnic Tibetan regions of China, it finds that patterns of access and use indicate status and power, and the meanings teenagers pour into the technologies articulate social and educational differences. On average, Tibetans are disadvantaged in access, and the return on parental education is greater for the mainstream Han than it is for Tibetans. However, state ‘preferential policies’ have mitigated Tibetans’ plight in use, which makes the least privileged to be Han students with parents having no more than six years of education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information and communication technologies, Internet, mobile phones, digital divide, Tibet
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 12:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30840

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