Access Denied? : Cultural Capital and Digital Access

Revista Científica Arbitrada de la Fundación MenteClara. 2019;4(1):65-78 DOI 10.32351/rca.v4.1.70


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Journal Title: Revista Científica Arbitrada de la Fundación MenteClara

ISSN: 2469-0783 (Online)

Publisher: Fundación MenteClara

Society/Institution: Fundación MenteClara

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Buddhism

Country of publisher: Argentina

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English

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Shraddha Kumbhojkar (Savitribai Phule Pune University, History, Faculty Member)

Rahul Magar (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

Shantanu Ozarkar (Savitribai Phule Pune University, Assistant Professor, Dept of Anthropology.)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 4 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The paper is a micro-level quantitative study of perceptions of social science students in India whether Free Wi-Fi has helped them learn better. It is commonly believed that digital resources are neutral about social inequalities. However, the survey finds that socio-cultural capital in the form of Caste, Gender, Language and Location has a negative impact on digital access even if it is free. The paper also instills hope as it finds that almost every student on the campus of a State University in Western Maharashtra has access to the Internet and majority of these students perceive that the digital access has improved their academic performance.