The study extends Annette Lareau’s theory of parenting styles and social reproduction, but also obtains innovative results related to digital inequalities among youth. Contrary to expectations, teenagers from less advantageous social backgrounds enrolled in vocational schools have better chances to actively participate in social media than teens from the upper-middle class in academic-oriented high schools.
The survey was possible thanks to financial support from “Regione Lombardia” – European Social Fund. I would like to thank Marco Gui (survey’s coordinator), Gianluca Argentin, Brunella Fiore, Giovanna Mascheroni, and the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Milano-Bicocca University for the work in the survey. I am also grateful to the editors and reviewers for their valuable recommendations. Finally I would like to thank the teenagers who participated in this study.
Micheli, M. (2015), "What is New in the Digital Divide? Understanding Internet Use by Teenagers from Different Social Backgrounds", Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 55-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2050-206020150000010003Download as .RIS
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