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Getting things done: Inequalities, Internet use and everyday life

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posted on 29.05.2020, 14:38 by Adrian LeguinaAdrian Leguina, John DowneyJohn 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 and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media
  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

New Media and Society

Volume

23

Issue

7

Pages

1824-1849

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/05/2020

Publication date

2021-07-27

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Adrian Leguina Deposit date: 28 May 2020