Digital use as a mechanism to accrue economic capital: a Bourdieusian perspective

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Using data from a large-scale Annual Social Survey of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel, this study examines the “second-level” digital divide between the Jewish majority and Arab minority in Israeli society. The goals of this paper were to present the digital inequality between these two groups; to examine the connection between digital uses and economic capital and to characterize the link between the digital and social inequalities. Jews were found to have an advantage over Arabs in terms of Internet access and digital uses. Digital uses are an important resource that contributes to individuals’ economic rewards, beyond the impact of classic socio-demographic factors such as education and language proficiency. Therefore, digital technology can serve as a mobility channel for the Arab minority group to attain social and economic equality with the Jewish majority.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-482
Number of pages19
JournalInnovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2015


  • digital inequality
  • digital uses
  • economic capital
  • social stratification


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