Abstract - The Information Society 20(4)

On the Margins of the ‘Information Society’: A Comparative Study of Mediation

Eevi Beck, Shirin Madon, and Sundeep Sahay

While much has been written about marginalization as a structural phenomenon, there is little understanding of how the dynamics of marginalization unfolds at the micro level in urban contexts. We seek to understand these micro-level marginalization processes via a comparative study of Bangalore, India, and Ronneby, Sweden. Our analysis highlights the important role “mediators” such as governmental agencies, NGOs, and international agencies play in ensuring the success of initiatives launched by national governments and international agencies for drawing disadvantaged groups into the information society.

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