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[ecrea] Call for Chapters: Digital Inequalities in the Global South
Tue Aug 21 22:13:58 GMT 2018
Anna Gladkova and Massimo Ragnedda (both vice chair of the Digital
Divide Working Group, IAMRC) are editing a book on the topic “Digital
Inequalities in the Global South”.
We are organizing an edited volume which will examine how digital
inequalities are affecting the cultural, economic and social development
of the Global South. Contributions are invited for this edited
international collection of original chapters engaging empirical case
studies on digital inequalities in the Global South.
The book will be submitted to Palgrave and if all goes well will be
includedinto the IAMCR/Palgrave Global Transformations in Media and
Communication Research (*Palgrave and IAMCR Series*).
Please see the attached Call for Chapter Proposals for details on the
scope, timing, and mechanics of this project.Also, please feel welcome
to post this call for papers widely and to forward it to interested
colleagues and students. We hope to see some proposals from many of you,
and for now, please feel welcome to be in contact if you have any
questions for us.
*Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Volume on*
*“Digital Inequalities in the Global South”*
*Massimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University, UK)***
*Anna Gladkova (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)*
This book will focus on the rising digital inequalities in countries
from geographical areas insufficiently covered and underrepresented.
While in the so called Global South (Mahler 2015) access to the Internet
has risen tremendously in the last years (shrinking the first level of
digital divide) new inequalities are emerging between those who have
access to broadband Internet and those who do not, between gender,
between different socio-economic backgrounds and between users with
different levels of education. Furthermore, going beyond the first level
of digital divide, new forms of inequalities also emerged in relation
with different digital skills, digital competencies, different
motivations in using ICTs and different support.Both limited access to
and use of the Internet affect citizens’ existential opportunities (van
Dijk, 2005) and negatively influence the process of social inclusion
(Warschauer, 2003), and thus contributing to offline disadvantages
(Chen, 2013). Finally, new forms of digital inequalities are related
with the so called third level of digital divide (Ragnedda, 2017),
namely the capacity/ability to fully exploit the Internet and to
transform its use into tangible outcomes. Such inequalities in the
returning social benefits of using the Internet, are growing everywhere
but especially in the Global South. This book, therefore, fits in the
lively debate, opened by the advent of ICTs, on inequalities in access
(first level of digital divide), uses (second level of digital divide)
and outcomes generated online and valuable in the social realm (third
level of digital divide).
/Digital inequalities in the Global South /will focus on the social,
cultural and economic consequences of digital inequalities where the
majority of the world’s internet users now live (Asia, Africa and Latin
America). These communities are a distinct disadvantage when digital
technologies are introduced (Boas, Dunning & Bussell, 2005). The main
idea, therefore, is to underline, with specific case studies, how
marginalized communities are now attempting to participate in the
information age, despite high costs, the lack of relevant content and
technological support. How these barriers are preventing (or limiting)
disadvantaged communities in using computers and the Internet? Is the
Global South still risking to being left behind? How has the Global
South changed in the last years? How is the Global South facing these
The rapid progress of the digital technologies infrastructure is crucial
for countries seeking to combat poverty, exclusion, and guarantee basic
services. The development of ICTs opens new opportunities to attain
higher levels of progress and growth, and may help in creating an
environment that fosters innovation, nurture science, empowers active
citizens and spurs business growth and//has become a priority for
developing countries. However, these advantages are often overemphasised
and seem the reflection of the Western’s gaze in relation to peripheral
societies. The Global South is caught in a growing paradox. On the one
hand, the rapid technological advancement is fostering economic
prosperity, creating greater communication and information
possibilities, helping in fighting for democracy. On the other end, not
everybody is enjoying the possibilities offered by the digital
technologies, and digital inequalities are increasingly hindering
economic and social development, exacerbating already existing
inequalities. There is, therefore, a need to go beyond this
techno-evangelist and western centred approach that sees the development
of ICTs as the main leading force able to drive economic, cultural and
social development, by adopting a critical approach that underlines also
the disadvantages that digital inequalities are bringing to the Global
In order to expand both the theoretical and the empirical perspectives
brought to bear on digital inequalities in the global context, we are
inviting scholars from different research fields (e.g., Sociology, (New)
Media Studies, Communications, etc.) to apply social theories of
stratification, inequalities, postcolonialism, poststructuralist and
post-development theories etc. to develop new perspectives on the rise
and persistence of digital inequalities in the Global South. These
approaches would question the assumptions of development and progress
that underlie the discourse on digital technologies as a panacea for
solving poverty and shrinking inequalities. Authors are invited to
investigate how different axes of power and privilege – income,
ethnicity, age, gender – are intertwined with digital inequalities. We
intend to stimulate innovative ways to study digital and social
inequalities in developing countries.
Potential contributors are invited to explore the importance of social
theories in analysing the development of digital inequalities and how
these inequalities, if not addressed, slow the achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals. Our aim is to connect this collection to
a critical review of inequalities that may interact with /have some
impact on the 2030 agenda, Sustainable Development Goals.
Chapters must contain illustrative empirical evidence or examples and
must be theoretical based. Submissions are welcome from scholars at all
stages of their careers, and from various relevant disciplines.
The aim of this edited volume is to bring together perspectives and
areas in digital inequalities that are under-explored. The book will
explore a range of empirical case brought to the fore by the digital
revolution. Each chapter should detail its theoretical trajectory and
provide at least one case study exemplar. We therefore welcome chapters
that focus, but are certainly not limited,tothe following issues:
·Who and why benefits and who does not from the development of digital
·What have been done so far and what could be done to bridge digital
inequalities in the Global South?
·Which rolethe development of digital technologiesmay play for health
and education in the Global South?
·Which rolethe development of digital technologiesmay play for
agriculture and water?
·Which rolethe development of digital technologiesmay play for
democracy, online activism and civic participation?
·Which rolethe development of digital technologiesmay play for reducing
and preventing conflict?
·How the development of digital technologies may help during
·Which rolethe development of digital technologiesmay play for the
economic growth and financial inclusion?
·Do new digital jobs offer opportunities for the Global South and how
marginalized communities are taking advantage of these opportunities?
·How to create a democratic and inclusive digital economy?
The specific case studies may also:
·Propose a theoretical framework to critically understand the role of
information and digital technologies in the development process.
·Critically discuss the potential disruption caused by access to digital
·Generate evidence on digital inequalities issues facing citizens among
·Promote evidence-informed policy change for improving access, use, and
application of ICTs for social and cultural development and economic growth.
Abstracts should include the following information:
· Proposed article title
· Proposed author names and affiliations
· Theme being addressed
· Purpose/aim of the chapter
· Principal body of literature/theoretical framework
· Indicative case study
You are invited to submit a word document with a brief author or authors
CV (no more than 250 words with titles, affiliations, and contacts),
title of the proposal and the abstract (500-700 words). All proposals
should be submitted to the following addresses:
(massimo.ragnedda /at/ northumbria.ac.uk)
<mailto:(massimo.ragnedda /at/ northumbria.ac.uk)>and (gladkova_a /at/ list.ru)
<mailto:(gladkova_a /at/ list.ru)>
*Deadline is 20 September 2018.*
The final decision will be notified to the authors by *30 September
2018*. Authors will be invited to send a full text *by 20 February
2019*. The chapter’s length will be 6000 words, including references.
Submitted chapters should not have been previously published or sent to
Abstracts will be judged on criteria of relevance and originality of
topic. Notification of initially-approved abstracts will be announced in
mid-September, after which contributors will be asked to move forward to
the peer-review submission phase. We will submit the book proposal to
Contributions of 6000 words (maximum including abstract, footnotes,
tables/figures with captions, references, and appendices, if any) will
be *due 20 February 2019.*Chapterswill be subject to double-blind peer
review, and to encourage coherence in the special section,
all contributors will be requested to act as a peer reviewer for one
Also, please feel welcome to post this call for papers widely and to
forward it to interested colleagues and students. We hope to see some
proposals from many of you, and for now, please feel welcome to be in
contact if you have any questions for us.
Our tasks and the proposed timeline are as follows:
• 30 September 2018 – Completion of Proposal and Submission to
• 20 February 2019 – Manuscripts Due to Editors from All
• 30 March 2019 – Review of Manuscripts Completed &
Manuscripts Returned to Contributors
• 30 May 2019 – Revised Manuscripts Due from Contributors
• 30 June 2019 – Final Manuscript Delivered to Publisher
• X/XX/XX – Final Appearance in Print Will Depend on
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