Theories of the Information Society

ISBN-10: 0415718791
ISBN-13: 9780415718790
Edition: 4th 2014 (Revised)
Authors: Frank Webster
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Book details

Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Information is regarded as a distinguishing feature of our world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now part of a global information economy. Pervasive media, expanding information occupations and the development of the Internet convince many that living in an Information Society is the destiny of us all. Coping in an era of information flows, of virtual relationships and breakneck change poses challenges to one and all. In Theories of the Information Society Frank Webster sets out to make sense of the information explosion, taking a sceptical look at what thinkers mean when they refer to the Information Society, and critically examining the major post-war approaches to informational development. The fourth edition of this classic study brings it up to date with new research and with social and technological changes - from the 'Twitter Revolutions' of North Africa, to financial crises that introduced the worst recession in a life time, to the emergence of social media and blogging - and reassesses the work of key theorists in light of these changes.More outspoken than in previous editions, Webster urges abandonment of Information Society scenarios, preferring analysis of the informatisation of long-established relationships. This interdisciplinary book is essential reading for those trying to make sense of social and technological change in the post-war era. It addresses issues of central concern to students of sociology, politics, geography, communications, information science, cultural studies, computing and librarianship.

Professor Frank Webster comes from a small coal-mining village in the south west of County Durham in North East England. He attended Coundon Junior School from 1956-62 and Spennymoor Secondary School from 1962-69, then read Sociology at the University of Durham (BA, MA, 1972, 1974). He completed his formal studies at the London School of Economics (LSE, PhD 1

Introduction
Definitions
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Post-Industrial Society: Daniel Bell
Regulation School
Network Society: Manuel Castells
Mobilities
Information and the Market System: Herbert Schiller
Information and Democracy 1: Jrgen Habermas, the Public Sphere and Public Service Institutions
Information and Democracy 2: Friedrich Hayek and the neo-Hayekians
Information, Reflexivity and Surveillance: Anthony Giddens
Information and Postmodernity
Beyond the Information Society
Bibliography

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