Resources on Race, Ethnicity, and Class and the Internet

The following list was prepared by Dr. Kali Tal of the University of Arizona in Tuscon.

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: African American Critical Theory and Cyberculture


Cultural Uses of New, Networked Internet Information and Communication Technologies: Implications for US Latino Identities


Bridging the Digital Divide: The Impact of Race on Computer Access and Internet Use


What it Means to be Black in Cyberspace


Cyborg Diaspora: Virtual Imagined Community


Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet


American Emissaries to Africa: From John Barlow via James Bond to James Baldwin and Back


What Color is the Net?


WIRED 3.12: Idees Fortes - Race in Cyberspace?


Book Review: The African-American Resource Guide to the Internet


Black Pioneers of the Internet


Forsaken Geographies: Cyberspace and the New World 'Other'


On Digital 'Third Worlds': An interview with Olu Oguibe


The Virtual Barrio @ The Other Frontier (or the Chicano inerneta)


Cultural Survival Quarterly: The Internet and Indigenous Communities


Buying into the Computer Age: A Look at Hispanic Families


AFROAM-L Archives - February 1995: Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Cyberspace


Possible Roles for Electronic Community Networks and Participatory Development Strategies in Access Programs for Poor Neighborhoods


High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology


Losing Ground Bit by Bit: Low-Income Communities in the Information Age


Falling Through the Net II: New Data on the Digital Divide


Impact of CTCnet Affiliates: Findings from a National Survey of Users of Community Technology Centers


Cybersociology Magazine: Issue 3 - Digital Third Worlds


From Kali Tal:

Lastly, in case you're wondering why I even bothered to put this list together, one of my "white" colleagues said it better than I ever could:

"We're resisting the tired-but-still-commonly-accepted idea that the virtual world provides a somehow "level" playing field, in which race, gender, [and] culture(s) no longer matter. We think that such ideas are based on the false notion that there's a normative white male middle-class culture to which all folks can gain access, now that the barriers imposed by the physical body have been miraculously removed. We want [to see] essays, articles, and examples of work which show that the "politics of identity" is alive and well on the internet, and that instead of regressing to a sort of Eisenhowerian procession of the bland leading the bland, there are people out there using electronic technology to emphasize and celebrate and motivate and defend their own communities and cultural ideals.

"There's been a lot of talk (mostly by white men) about the "liberating" potential of the internet and of virtual spaces. What they usually mean is a liberation *from* the body, to some kind of higher plane. But we're interested in how folks whose bodies are usually threatened by the power structure (nonwhite folks, women, poor people, queer folks) are using the internet as a platform for making themselves more visible (a liberation *of* the body), and how that connects to other contemporary activist movements."

Kali Tal
Lecturer, University of Arizona