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A corresponding fields model for the links between social and digital exclusion

Helsper, Ellen ORCID: 0000-0002-0852-2853 (2012) A corresponding fields model for the links between social and digital exclusion. Communication Theory, 22 (4). pp. 403-426. ISSN 1050-3293

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2885.2012.01416.x


The notion of digital exclusion has become important in communications research but remains undertheorized. This article proposes a theoretical model that hypothesizes how specific areas of digital and social exclusion influence each other. In this corresponding fields model, it is argued that they relate mostly for similar (economic, cultural, social, personal) fields of resources. The model further proposes that the influence of offline exclusion fields on digital exclusion fields is mediated by access, skills, and attitudinal or motivational aspects. On the other hand, the relevance, quality, ownership, and sustainability of engagement with different digital resources is said to mediate the influence of engagement on offline exclusion. Research supporting this model and possible operationalizations in empirical research and interventions are presented.

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Additional Information: © 2012 International Communication Association
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 11:39
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2024 17:30

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