Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality

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byAnabel Quan-Haase

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis 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, andhow they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis 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 to...

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 Sociodigi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:August 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Technological SocietyChallenges in defining and Studying TechnologyThe Intersection of Technology and SocietyContemporary Discussions of Technology2. Technology in Society: A Historical OverviewWhy Study the History of Technology?The Stone Age: The Early Beginnings of Technological IngenuityAncient Technology: The Development of the Scientific MethodThe Renaissance: The Awakening of the Mind through TechnologyThe Industrial Revolution: Revolting against TechnologyElectronic Times: Hot and Cool MediaThe Information Society: The Bits and Bytes Revolution3. Theoretical Perspectives on TechnologyUtopian versus Dystopian Views of TechnologyTheories of Technology and SocietyScience and Technology Studies (STS)4. Techno-Social DesigningTechnological Design and How It Intersects with SocietyTechnopoles: Centres of InnovationThe Role of Research and Development (RandD)Understanding the Social Milieu of Software Development5. The Adoption and Diffusion of Technological InnovationsTechnological Innovations: The ProcessThe Classic Model of the Diffusion of InnovationsClassifying Adoption CategoriesMarketing Relations with Early Adopters6. The Labour of TechnologyLuddites: The Early Struggles with TechnologyTechnology and the Division of LabourThe Role of the Produser7. Technology and InequalityThe Digital DivideThe Global Digital DivideThe Effects of Technology Transfer on Developing NationsCritical Perspectives of the Digital Divide8. Community in the Network SocietyWhat Is Community?Social Capital and Its Relevance to CommunityRevisiting Community in the Internet EraHow is Technology Transforming the Public Sphere9. Technology-Mediated Social RelationshipsEarly Beginnings of Mediated CommunicationNorth America Calling: The Impact of the Telephone on Social RelationshipsPenetration of Mediated Communication: The Impact of the Internet on Social RelationshipsHow Has Technology Affected Our Relationships?10. The Surveillance SocietyDefining and Understanding SurveillanceFoucault's Analysis of Power Relations in SocietyTechnology's Role in the New SurveillanceCounter-surveillance as a Means of Personal Resistance11. Ethical Dimensions of TechnologyThe Book's Three Central ThemesEthical and Moral Dimensions of our Technological Society

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"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