African Americans and Network Disadvantage: Enhancing Social Capital through Participation on Social Networking Sites

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Danielle Taana Smith (2013)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
  • Journal: Future Internet (issn: 1999-5903)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3390/fi5010056
  • Subject: social capital | Information technology | network disadvantage | T58.5-58.64 | African American | social networking sites

This study examines the participation of African Americans on social networking sites (SNS), and evaluates the degree to which African Americans engage in activities in the online environment to mitigate social capital deficits. Prior literature suggests that compared with whites, African Americans have less social capital that can enhance their socio-economic mobility. As such, my research question is: do African Americans enhance their social capital through their participation on SNS? I use nationally representative data collected from the Pew Internet and American Life Project to explore the research question. The results suggest that the online environment is potentially a space in which African Americans can lessen social capital deficits.
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