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Theories of the information society

Author: Frank Webster
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2002.
Series: International library of sociology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Popular opinion suggests that information has become a distinguishing feature of the modern world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now instead said to be part of a global information economy. In the first edition of Theories of the Information Society Frank Webster set out to make sense of the information explosion, taking a sceptical look at what thinkers mean when they refer to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Webster
ISBN: 0415282004 9780415282000 0415282012 9780415282017 9786610320271 6610320276 0203426266 9780203426265
OCLC Number: 1001143287
Description: 304 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The idea of an information society --
3. The information society as post-industrialism: Daniel Bell --
4. Information, restructuring and globalisation --
5. Informational capitalism: Manuel Castells --
6. Information and advanced capitalism: Herbert Schiller --
7. Information management and manipulation: Jurgen Habermas and the concept of the public sphere --
8. Information, reflexivity and surveillance: Anthony Giddens --
9. Information, postmodernism and postmodernity --
10. Conclusion: is there an information society?
Series Title: International library of sociology.
Responsibility: Frank Webster.

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"Popular opinion suggests that information has become a distinguishing feature of the modern world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now instead said to be part of a global information economy. In the first edition of Theories of the Information Society Frank Webster set 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 all the major post-war theories and approaches to informational development. In this new and thoroughly revised edition the author brings his study right up to date both with new theoretical work and with social and technological changes - such as the rapid growth of the Internet and accelerated globalisation - and reassesses the work of key theorists in light of these changes." "This book will be essential reading for students of contemporary social theory and anybody interested in social and technological change in the post-war era."--BOOK JACKET.

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