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Virtual Society? By Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)

Virtual Society?
by Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)

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This work investigates the precise effects on society of the new and much vaunted electronic technologies (ICTs). Are fundamental shifts already taking place in the way in which we behave, organize, and interact as a direct result of their implementation? The book includes empirical studies.
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Virtual Society?: Technology, Cyberbole, Reality by Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)

This work investigates the precise effects on society of the new and much vaunted electronic technologies (ICTs). Are fundamental shifts already taking place in the way in which we behave, organize, and interact as a direct result of their implementation? Providing a comprehensive set of detailed empirical studies of the genesis and use of these new technologies, the book also presents some surprising counterintuitive results.

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Virtual Society? Reviews


... intelligent, well-grounded and carefully drawn insights into the take up and use of ICTs ... intriguing case studies ... Throughout, Woolgar's book provides concrete sociological evidence to justify the question mark in the title. * European Journal of Communication *
From Woolgar's "five rules of virtuality" to Pollner's delightful account of his adventures as a dot com investor, this challenging collection will be essential reading for all of those interested in the social relations of the new information technologies. * Donald MacKenzie, Professor of Sociology, Edinburgh University; Author of Inventing Accuracy *
This book shows the essential contribution of social sciences to the understanding of the network society, our society. Based on scholarly research, it provides a rigorous account of the diverse effects of information and communication technologies on the social fabric of our lives. It is a great antidote against mythologies and media hype on this critical subject matter. * Manuel Castells, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley *
This stunning volume is obligatory reading for all those studying "cyberspace" and its contents and discontents. It is one of the first deep empirical studies of this scope analyzing the changes occasioned by the widespread development of networked information technologies. A subtle, intertwined scholarly effort, this book is a landmark achievement, marking the maturity of social studies of computing and IT. * Susan Leigh Star, Professor Of Communication, University of California at San Diego *
This work shows social scientists seriously getting to grips with the complexitites of the social implications of electronic technologies. It should also be read widely beyond this community, stimulating dialogue with others working in the area, such as industry practitioners, government planners, and academics from other disciplines and societies. * Geoff Walsham, Professor of Management Studies, Judge Institute, University of Cambridge *

About Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)


Steve Woolgar was Professor of Sociology, Head of the Department of Human Sciences, and Director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) until 2000. He has held visiting appointments at McGill University, MIT, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris, and University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, and the winner of an ESRC Senior Reseach Fellowship. He moved to the University of Oxford in autumn 2000 to take up the Chair of Marketing at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is currently Director of the ESRC' Virtual Society?' programme.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Five Rules of Virtuality ; 2. They Came, They Surfed, They Went Back to the Beach: Conceptualizing Use and Non-use of the Internet ; 3. Visualization Needs Vision: The Pre-paradigmatic Character of Virtual Reality ; 4. How Social is Internet Communication? A Reappraisal of Bandwidth and Anonymity Effects ; 5. New Public Places for Internet Access: Networks for Practice-Based Learning and Social Inclusion ; 6. Allegories of Creative Destruction: Technology and Organization in Narratives of the e-Economy ; 7. Confronting Electronic Surveillance: Desiring and Resisting New Technologies ; 8. Getting Real about Surveillance and Privacy at Work ; 9. Virtual Society and the Cultural Practice of Studey ; 10. The Reality of Virtual Social Support ; 11. Real and Virtual Connectivity: New Media in London ; 12. Presence, Absence, and Accountability: Email and the Mediation of Organizational Memory ; 13. Inside the Bubble: Communion, Cognition, and Deep Play at the Intersection of Wall Street and Cyberspace ; 14. The Day-to-Day Work of Standardization: A Sceptical Note on the Reliance on IT in a Retail Bank ; 15. Cotton to Computers: From Industrial to Information Revolutions ; 16. Mobile Society? Technology, Distance, and Presence ; 17. Abstraction and Decontextualization: An Anthropological Comment

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Virtual Society?: Technology, Cyberbole, Reality by Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)
Edited by Steve Woolgar (Chair of Marketing, Said Business School, University of Oxford)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2002-10-01
368
0199248753
9780199248759
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