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08-Nov-11 - Globalization and the Digital Divide is now available! Read the Q&A session with the editors about this fascinating global communication study.

Cambria Press is proud to announce the publication of Globalization and the Digital Divide by professors Kirk St.Amant and Bolanle Olaniran.

This new book by Cambria Press will be an important addition to collections in communication and international studies. This book is part of the Cambria Press series by Professor Kenn Gaither (Elon University), the Cambria Press Mass Communication Convergence Book Series.

Question: Why did you decide to write this book?

Answer: We decided to develop the edited book Globalization and the Digital Divide, for we believed more information and insights were needed from the emerging economies of the world. For this reason, we worked with authors from or who represented nations as diverse as Cameroon, Iran, China, and Uganda to take a much closer look at how developments and trends in the world’s emerging economies were effecting perceptions of and practices related to the global digital divide.

Question: What do you hope your readers take away from your book?

Answer: We hope the readers gain a better understanding of the various and highly nuanced factors that contribute to the current global digital divide. We also hope this text helps readers gain an understanding of what they can do to address this divide in meaningful and successful ways that focus on collaborating with or learning from individuals in other nations – particularly emerging economies – vs. trying to impose a set of cultural assumptions on how to address this divide.

Question: What other research do you believe is needed on this topic?

Answer: We believe that more research is needed on the approaches individuals in emerging economies are taking to address the global digital divide. At present, much of the research on the divide is by individuals from industrialized nations or presents perspectives and proposed solutions that reflect the cultural sensibilities of researchers in those nations. The compliment is needed from researchers who are working in and addressing aspects of the digital divide in emerging economies. By presenting more complete perspectives from both sides of the global digital divide, we can begin to look for strategies and solutions that meet the expectations and the conditions faced by both sides (i.e., a true glocalization which is globalization with concern for specific culture’s idiosyncrasies.).


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