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Sociology in the Age of the Internet,9780335217267

Sociology in the Age of the Internet

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Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 4/1/2007
Publisher(s): Open University Press
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Summary

In recent years there has been a large and diverse body of writing from scholars in the social sciences who have been studying changes brought about by new communication technologies in general and the Internet in particular. The question of how people behave, interact and organize themselves in relation to this form of communication has been given added prominence by developments within new social theory, especially in relation to the novelty of contemporary social formations and the importance of mass communications to this changed order. For the student new to the study of technology and society, there are a bewildering array of claims and counter claims, representing a spectrum of theoretical, methodological and critical sensibilities in relation to the Internet. In this new book Allison Cavanagh evaluates the work in this area by: Investigating the novelty of the Internet and setting the Internet in the context of communication histories Evaluating the extent and rate of change through a synthesis of the available empirical literature Providing a key to understanding the changes identified through an evaluation of the utility of new social theory Sociology in the Age of the Internet is essential reading for academics and students with an interest in the relationship between the internet and society.

Author Biography

Allison Cavanagh is a lecturer in Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Series editor's prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The rise of the network metaphor
Approaches to networksp. 23
Network methodologiesp. 27
The network societyp. 38
The internet as a networkp. 48
The internet as a medium
Introduction to Part Two
Elements of a public spherep. 64
Interactivity: it's got to be jelly 'cos jam don't shake like thatp. 81
The global public sphere and forms of powerp. 92
The internet as a social space
Introduction to Part Three
Communityp. 102
Online identityp. 120
Conclusion to Part Threep. 132
The internet as a technology
Introduction to Part Four
Sociologies of technologyp. 139
The sociology of technology and the internet: emergent perspectivesp. 151
Referencesp. 164
Indexp. 00
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