Can information and communications technology enhance social quality?

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Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) open up the possibility of new forms of relationship and engagement, which form part of the sociality of modern society, leading some to characterise this as a transition to an “information society”, a “network society”, or a “third industrial revolution”. This has implications for Social Quality, especially in terms of social cohesion, social inclusion and social empowerment. Drawing upon recent research we find that ICTs have added new dimensions to social life in ways that go beyond the original formulations of the digital divide. Conversely, Social Quality can also add important insights into our understanding of the relationship between society and technology. The article argues that discussions of Social Quality should take these dimensions into account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-117
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Social Quality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • social quality
  • ICT
  • digital communications
  • social networking sites
  • empowerment
  • cohesion
  • inclusion
  • digitial divide Introduction: Social Quality and ICTs


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