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Technology and Inequality

Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers an up-to-date, academic-quality survey of technology and inequality, not limited to sociology or economics but focused on business and technology practice—how technology companies behave

  • Uses current, business-oriented case studies: search, social media, sharing economy

  • Focuses on wealth concentration and financial data

  • Provides usable frameworks for analysis

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Information Technology and Wealth Concentration

    • Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 25-41
  3. Technology and Inequality Case Study: Search

    • Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 93-106
  4. Technology and Inequality Case Study: Social Media

    • Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 107-119
  5. Restoring Technology as an Engine of Opportunity

    • Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 137-154
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 155-158

About this book

This book will summarize what we know about technology and inequality across disciplines, and seek out new ways to analyze this relationship based on technology and business practices, with the objective of restoring digital technology as an engine of opportunity. Besides the unique focus on the role of technology in inequality, the book will have a unifying theme of tracing wealth creation and wealth capture in the technology sector, and relating specific practices—what technology companies actually do—to larger shifts in wealth and power. A clear conceptual framework will be used to analyze key industry case studies: search engines, social media, and the ‘sharing’ economy. 

Keywords

  • Digital technology
  • Social media
  • IT
  • Financial sector
  • Regulation
  • Search engine optimization
  • Gig economy
  • wealth inequality
  • information technology
  • markets
  • sharing economy
  • globalization
  • wealth concentration
  • scalability
  • Intellectual property
  • value creation
  • algorithms
  • venture capital

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Management, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

    Jonathan P. Allen

About the author

Jonathan P. Allen is a Professor in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy Department of the School of Management, University of San Francisco, USA. His research interests include the digital transformation of organizations and society, the design and use of open technologies, and digital entrepreneurship. 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-56958-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)