Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality

Paperback | October 1, 2015

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 t...

Anabel Quan-Haase is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: Every chapter includes:- Learning Objectives- Introduction- Chapter Summary- Questions for Critical Thought- Suggested Readings- Online ResourcesPrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. The Technological SocietyThe Social and Ethical Dimensions of Studying TechnologyContemporary 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 TechnologyEnlightenment and Revolution: Systematic Knowledge in ActionThe 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. Gendered Technology - NEW!Talking about Gender and TechnologyHousehold TechnologyGender and IT Use and SkillsWomen Working in IT-related FieldsTechnology and the Body5. Techno-Social DesigningTechnological Design and How it Intersects with SocietyTechnopoles: Centres of InnovationThe Role of Research and Development (RandD)Understanding the Social Millieu of Software Development6. The Adoption and Diffusion of Technological InnovationsTechnological Innovations: The ProcessThe Classic Model of the Diffusion of InnovationsClassifying Adoption CategoriesMarketing Relations with Early Adopters7. The Labour of TechnologyLuddites: The Early Struggles with TechnologyTechnology and the Division of LabourThe Role of the ProsumerMakerspaces: The DIY Community Gone Viral8. Technology and InequalityThe Digital DivideThe Global Digital DivideCritical Perspectives of the Digital Divide9. Community in the Network SocietyWhat Is Community?Social Capital and Its Relevance to CommunityRevisiting Community in the Internet EraHow Is Technology Transforming the Public Sphere?10. 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?11. The Surveillance SocietyDefining and Understanding SurveillanceFoucault's Analysis of Power Relations in SocietyTechnology's Role in the New SurveillanceDefining PrivacyCounter-Surveillance as a Means of Personal Resistance12. Ethical Dimensions of TechnologyThe Book's Three Central ThemesEthical and Moral Dimensions of Our Technological SocietyElectronic WasteA Society of OverloadGlossaryNotesReferencesIndex

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"The author has done an excellent job of providing an overview of some of the key debates that have shaped discussions of the relationship between technology and society." --Carlos Novas, Carleton University