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Title:The urban digital divide: a comparative analysis of Internet cafés in Johannesburg, South Africa
Author:Hyde-Clarke, N.ISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:South Africa
economic inequality
social inequality
Abstract:Within South Africa's society there is a schism between those able to afford and access online material, and those who are not. Due to income disparities, some people living in cities are unlikely to engage with the information society at all. This study compares the behaviour of users in two Internet cafés in different environments in the greater Johannesburg area: one in an affluent area (Rosebank), and one in a lower-income area (Troyeville). The study concludes that both Internet cafés have the same number of people utilizing their services on a daily basis and these people fall within a similar age bracket. However, the demographics and socioeconomic status of the users are different. The users in Rosebank are predominantly business-oriented and have a high-income status. In contrast, the users in Troyeville exhibit none of these attributes. Also, the Internet café in Rosebank has a more multiracial clientele, whereas the café in Troyeville seems to cater exclusively to black Africans. Furthermore, more foreigners than black South Africans are using the Internet café in the lower income area. Finally, neither Internet café appears to be catering to the female population in a significant way. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]