Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality

by Anabel Quan-Haase

Oxford University Press | August 10, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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This timely text examines the places where technology and society intersect, connecting the reality of our technological age to issues of social networks, communication, work, power, and inequality. The result is a comprehensive overview of the technological tools we use, where they come from, and how they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: August 10, 2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0195437837

ISBN - 13: 9780195437836

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Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality

Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality

by Anabel Quan-Haase

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: August 10, 2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195437837

ISBN - 13: 9780195437836

Table of Contents

1. The Technological Society Challenges in defining and Studying Technology The Intersection of Technology and Society Contemporary Discussions of Technology 2. Technology in Society: A Historical Overview Why Study the History of Technology? The Stone Age: The Early Beginnings of Technological Ingenuity Ancient Technology: The Development of the Scientific Method The Renaissance: The Awakening of the Mind through Technology The Industrial Revolution: Revolting against Technology Electronic Times: Hot and Cool Media The Information Society: The Bits and Bytes Revolution 3. Theoretical Perspectives on Technology Utopian versus Dystopian Views of Technology Theories of Technology and Society Science and Technology Studies (STS) 4. Techno-Social Designing Technological Design and How It Intersects with Society Technopoles: Centres of Innovation The Role of Research and Development (RandD) Understanding the Social Milieu of Software Development 5. The Adoption and Diffusion of Technological Innovations Technological Innovations: The Process The Classic Model of the Diffusion of Innovations Classifying Adoption Categories Marketing Relations with Early Adopters 6. The Labour of Technology Luddites: The Early Struggles with Technology Technology and the Division of Labour The Role of the Produser 7. Technology and Inequality The Digital Divide The Global Digital Divide The Effects of Technology Transfer on Developing Nations Critical Perspectives of the Digital Divide 8. Community
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This timely text examines the places where technology and society intersect, connecting the reality of our technological age to issues of social networks, communication, work, power, and inequality. The result is a comprehensive overview of the technological tools we use, where they come from, and how they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

About the Author

Anabel Quan-Haase is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies as well as the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, where her work and teaching focuses on the technology and its effects on society, as well as computer-mediated communication. She is also the director of the Sociodigital Lab, which explores how information and communication technologies lead to social change. Some of her current projects involve examining the impact of the e-book and electronic networks of exchange on humanist scholarship, ''breakup 2.0'' (ending relationships in era of digital communication), facets of serendipity in everyday chance encounters, and the media''s role in disaster early-warning systems in Brazil. She has also authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on instant messaging, social networking, information technology, and internet use.

Editorial Reviews

"This text makes a major contribution to our understanding of how technology transforms current Canadian as well as global trends by providing an in-depth analysis of the social, cultural, economic, historical, and political landscape." --Barry Wellman, University of Toronto
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