Virtual Society?: Technology, Cyberbole, Reality (Paperback)Steve Woolgar (editor)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 20 mm
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 *
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 *
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 *
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