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Title: Technical capital and participatory inequality in edeliberation: An actor-network analysis
Authors: Zhang, W. 
Keywords: Actor-network
Technical capital
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Zhang, W. (2010). Technical capital and participatory inequality in edeliberation: An actor-network analysis. Information Communication and Society 13 (7) : 1019-1039. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines how participatory inequalities are (re)produced in eDeliberation, a practice that purposely fosters open, fair, and rational discussions among citizens over the Internet. Relying on the theoretical traditions of Bourdieu's capital and actor-network theory, this paper proposes that technical capital, along with social, economic, cultural, and symbolic capital, function in eDeliberation as inequality makers. Two cases of eDeliberation practices conducted in the United States serve as the sources of data. Both statistical analyses of close-ended questions and a qualitative content analysis of open-ended questions from surveys were used to generate the empirical findings. Technical capital is found to reproduce existing inequalities through the unequal accumulation rates and the unbalanced convertibility associated with different actors. Both theoretical and practical implications of the findings are suggested. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Information Communication and Society
ISSN: 1369118X
DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2010.495988
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