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Getting things done: Inequalities, internet use and everyday life

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posted on 29.05.2020 by Adrian Leguina, John Downey
The study of mundane, everyday uses of the Internet remains an emerging field of inquiry. Analysing data from a large seven country survey of Internet use and adapting concepts and methods developed by Bourdieu, we show that there are distinct clusters of users who use the Internet in diverse ways to solve everyday problems such as buying a mobile phone or diagnosing an illness. Such everyday problem solving is dependent upon degrees of economic, social, digital and cultural capital, and varies across countries. A comparative methodological strategy combined the use of Multiple Correspondence Analysis, Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, and for the first time in the field, Multiple Factor Analysis for Contingency Tables. Extending the work of Bourdieu and the sociology of class more generally, we argue that digital capital functions as a bridging capital aiding the convertibility of other forms of capital to the benefit of already advantaged groups.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

New Media and Society

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The authors

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Acceptance date

01/05/2020

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Adrian Leguina Deposit date: 28 May 2020

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