Defining away the digital divide: A content analysis of institutional influences on popular representations of technology

Lynette Kvasny, Duane Truex

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Abstract

It is our contention that information technology is a cultural commodity whose influence is spread through economic and political action of institutions such as the government and corporations. Informed by Bourdieu's sociology of language, we conduct a content analysis of political speeches regarding "digital opportunities" delivered by U. S. government officials. In this analysis we demonstrate how institutions actively (re)produce and legitimize popular representations of technology and its role in the new economy. The broader implication of this analysis is to offer a way in which information systems research can consider the larger socio-political context in which so many of our research activities and debates are situated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRealigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Dev.: The Social and Organizational Perspective - IFIP TC8/WG8.2 Working Conf. on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Dev.
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages399-414
Number of pages16
Volume66
ISBN (Print)9781475763669
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
EventIFIP TC8/WG8.2 Working Conference on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development: The Social and Organizational Perspective - Boise, ID, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2001Jul 29 2001

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume66
ISSN (Print)18684238

Other

OtherIFIP TC8/WG8.2 Working Conference on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development: The Social and Organizational Perspective
CountryUnited States
CityBoise, ID
Period7/27/017/29/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems and Management

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    Kvasny, L., & Truex, D. (2001). Defining away the digital divide: A content analysis of institutional influences on popular representations of technology. In Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Dev.: The Social and Organizational Perspective - IFIP TC8/WG8.2 Working Conf. on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Dev. (Vol. 66, pp. 399-414). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 66). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-35489-7