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digital divide

Definition of Digital Divide

(noun) Uneven access to technology due to inequalities between different social, cultural, and economic groups; often caused by location.

Digital Divide Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈdɪdʒᵻdl dɪˈvʌɪd/
    • British English
      • /ˈdɪdʒᵻtl dɪˈvʌɪd/
  • Syllabification: (dig·i·tal di·vide)

Usage Note

  • Plural: digital divides

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Stolley, Kathy S. 2005. The Basics of Sociology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Cite the Definition of Digital Divide

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “digital divide.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/digital-divide/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

digital divide. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/digital-divide/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “digital divide.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/digital-divide/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“digital divide.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/digital-divide/>.