Towards understanding the digital divide in rural partnerships and development: a framework and evidence from rural Australia

Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael O. and Alam, Khorshed (2016) Towards understanding the digital divide in rural partnerships and development: a framework and evidence from rural Australia. Journal of Rural Studies, 43. pp. 214-224. ISSN 0743-0167


Despite increasing recognition that the world's social and environmental problems cannot be addressed solely by business, government or society in isolation, the role of partnerships in rural development has only recently started to attract the interest of rural studies scholars. The study adds to the growing stream of research by investigating how the information age's emerging social challenge e the digital divide e influences rural partnerships and development. Burgeoning literature evidences that the digital divide encompasses not one but many discontinuities. This paper reconceptualises the digital divide concept and explores exactly how its shocks and tensions impact rural partnerships and development.
Results of this research indicate that the digital divide is a threat to the performance of rural partnerships,
which consequently renders rural development outcomes unsustainable, lopsided and non-participatory.
This paper recommends the need for a more responsive and localised approach to rural development partnerships that can enable disadvantaged groups to participate in today's digitally connected economy and society.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 01:53
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 06:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital divide; rural partnership; rural development; local communities; mining industry
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.002

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