社会階層とインターネット利用 Social Stratification and Internet Use

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 Some authors assert that the digital divide is a serious social problem and the government must improve the situation. The digital divide theorists often rely on the data showing that the internet-use rate of higher-income group is much higher than that of lower-income group. They, however, don't examine the relationship between the internet-use rate and income, controlling any related variables. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to examine whether the digital divide really exists and whether it is a serious social problem, from a social-stratification perspective with multivariate analyses. We consider the characteristics of the digital divide studies and derive the three tasks of our data analyses: the trend of the digital divide, the causal effect of income on internet use, and that of internet use on income. Our analyses show,1) the digital divide decreased from 2000 to 2002 but still exists,2) household income has a significant effect on internet use even after controlling related variables, but 3) internet use doesn't have a significant effect on personal income. From the results, we conclude that the digital divide exists but it is not a serious social problem, because internet use cannot reproduce social stratification and it still doesn't make a serious inequality of life chance in Japan.

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  • ソシオロジ

    ソシオロジ 48(3), 53-66,143, 2004

    京都大学文学部社会学研究会

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  • NII論文ID(NAID)
    130005153962
  • NII書誌ID(NCID)
    AN00134944
  • 本文言語コード
    JPN
  • 資料種別
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    05841380
  • NDL 記事登録ID
    6959068
  • NDL 雑誌分類
    ZE1(社会・労働--社会科学・社会思想・社会学)
  • NDL 請求記号
    Z6-262
  • データ提供元
    NDL  IR  J-STAGE 
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