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Social Problems in Asia (SOCG 218): Week 12

Digital Divide and Environmental Issues

Business Interests and Social Problems

Week 12 looks at two issues that are traditionally not seen as social problems such as the issues of Digital Divide and environmental issues caused by business interests.


  1. Mark Warschauer. 2009. “Digital Divide.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third Edition
  2. Gili S. Drori. 2004. “Internet as a Global Social Problem.” 
  3. Govindan Parayil. 2005. “The Digital Divide and Increasing Returns: Contradictions of Informational Capitalism.” Information Society 21: 41–51.
  4. Wenhong Chen & Barry Wellman. 2005. “Minding the Cyber-Gap. The Internet and Social Inequality.” In Mary Romero and Eric Margolis (eds). Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, Oxford.
  5. “One Laptop per Child” (OLPC) project
  6. Dan Nosowitz. 2013. “Has One Laptop per Child Totally Lost its Way?Popular Science 18 July 2013. 
  7. Kraemer, Kenneth L. et al. 2009. “One Laptop per Child: Vision vs. RealityCommunications of the ACM 52(6): 66 – 73.
  8. Fighting Rural Poverty. The Role of ICTs.” International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy.
  9. Samii, Roxanna. “Mobile Phones: The Silver Bullet to Bridge the Digital Divide?” International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy.
  10. Dispensa, Jaclyn Marisa and Rober J. Brulle. 2003. “Media’s Social Construction of Environmental Issues: Focus on Global Warming – A Comparative Study.The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 23(10): 74-105.
  11.  Kramer, Ronald C. and Raymond J. Michalowski. 2012. “Is Global Warming a State-Corporate Crime?” In R. White (ed.). Climate Change from a Criminological Perspective. Springer Science. Chapter 5: 71-88.
  12. Rooke, Anna. 2008. “Gender Action Link: Climate Change” Gender Action. 

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Optional Readings

  1. Fononga V. Mangisi- Mafileo. 2010. “Rethinking “The Missing Link”: A Capability based Approach to ICT and Development in developing regions.The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society of Asia-Pacific 6(1): 9-25.
  2. Hessing, Melody. 2003. “Green Mail: The Social Construction of Environmental Issues through Letters to the Editor.Canadian Journal of Communication 28(1). 
  3. Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change.” UN Women Watch

Week 12 Book List

Other resources in the Library

1. "One Laptop Per Child" Project

Web Resources

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy