Trapped in the Digital Divide: The Distributive Paradigm in Community Informatics

  • Virginia E. Eubanks
Keywords: Digital Divide, Social Inequality, Critical Ambivalence, Distributive Paradigm, High Tech Equity, Women

Abstract

This paper argues that over-reliance on a distributive paradigm in community informatics practice has restricted the scope of the high tech equity agenda. Drawing on five years of participatory action research with low-income women in upstate New York, I explore the ways in which distributive understandings of technology and inequality obscure the day-to-day interactions these women have with ICT and overlook their justified critical ambivalence towards technology. Finally, I offer unique insights and powerful strategies of resistance suggested by my research collaborators in a drawing exercise intended to elicit alternative articulations of digital equity. If we begin from their points of view, the problems and solutions that can and should be entertained in our scholarship and practice look quite different.
Published
2007-09-14
How to Cite
Eubanks, V. (2007). Trapped in the Digital Divide: The Distributive Paradigm in Community Informatics. The Journal of Community Informatics, 3(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/293
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