This chapter proposes a nuanced perspective which investigates the potential new applications of social capital in the context of digital divide and explores how social and digital capitals are interrelated. It focuses on the reciprocal influences existing between social capital and digital divide. The chapter shows how digital capital is a distinctive form of capital, but intertwined with other types of capital (e.g. economic, social, cultural). It explores the differences and similarities outlined by three key authors (Putman, Coleman and Bourdieu) in analysing the relationship between social and digital capital. The chapter explains the multidimensionality of social capital by analysing the main traditional approaches to social capital and how they can be applied to the study of social and digital inequalities. It focuses on the evolution from digital divide to digital inequalities and on how digital capital may influence social and digital inequalities. The chapter discusses five macro-areas through which one may observe the interrelationships between social and digital capital.
|Title of host publication||Theorizing Digital Divides|
|Editors||Massimo Ragnedda, Glenn Muschert|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Oct 2017|
|Name||Routledge Advances in Sociology|