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Society and the Internet

How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives

Edited by Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

29 May 2014

ISBN: 9780199662005

416 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £40.49

The book describes how society is being shaped by the diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work. It introduces students and those interested in the factors shaping the Internet and its impact on society to a core set of readings that address this question in specific social and institutional contexts.

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The book describes how society is being shaped by the diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work. It introduces students and those interested in the factors shaping the Internet and its impact on society to a core set of readings that address this question in specific social and institutional contexts.

  • Interdisciplinary appeal across the social sciences
  • Chapters focus on showing how research can inform and stimulate debate on theory, policy, and practice
  • Accessibly written and clearly structured introduction to the social shaping of the Internet and its societal implications
  • Ideal for advanced courses on the Internet and ICT

About the Author(s)

Edited by Mark Graham, Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Mark Graham is a geographer and a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is a also the Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment.

William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford's Internet Institute, and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College. He received a lifetime achievement award for his role as founding director of the OII, and the International Communication Association's Fred Williams prize for contributions to the study of communication and technology.

Table of Contents

    Foreword, Manuel Castells
    Introduction, Mark Graham and William H. Dutton
    Part I. Internet Studies Of Everyday Life
    1:Inventing the Internet: Scapegoat, Sin Eater, and Trickster, Aleks Krotoski
    2:Next Generation Internet Users: A New Digital Divide, Grant Blank And William Dutton
    3:The Conceptual Foundations of Social Network Sites and the Emergence of the Relational Self-Portrait, Bernie Hogan And Barry Wellman
    4:The Politics of Children s Internet Use, Victoria Nash
    5:Gender and Race Online, Lisa Nakamura
    Part II. Information And Culture On The Line
    6:Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour, Mark Graham
    7:China and the US in the New Internet World: A Comparative Perspective, Gillian Bolsover, William H. Dutton, Ginette Law, And Soumitra Dutta
    8:Social Media and the News: Implications for the Press and Society, Nic Newman, William H. Dutton, And Grant Blank
    9:The Impact of the Internet on Media Industries: An Economic Perspective, Sung Wook Ji And David Waterman
    10:Big Data: Towards a More Scientific Social Science and Humanities?, Ralph Schroeder
    Part III. Networked Politics And Governments
    11:Transforming Government by Default?, Miriam Lips
    12:The Wisdom of Which Crowd? On the Pathology of a Digital Democracy Initiative for a Listening Government, Stephen Coleman And Jay Blumler
    13:Online Social Networks and Bottom-up Politics, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
    14:Big Data and Collective Action, Helen Margetts, Scott A. Hale, Taha Yasseri
    15:Empowering Citizens of the Internet Age: The Role of a Fifth Estate, Elizabeth Dubois And William H. Dutton
    Part IV: Networked Businesses, Industries AND Economies
    16:Scarcity of Attention for a Medium of Abundance: An Economic Perspective, Greg Taylor
    17:The Internet in the Law: Transforming Problem-Solving and Education, Richard Susskind
    18:The Digital Divide and Employment: The Case of the Sudanese Labour Market, Laura Mann
    19:A Critical Perspective on the Potential of the Internet at the Margins of the Global Economy, Mark Graham
    Part V. Technological And Regulatory Histories And Futures
    20:Next-Generation Content for Next-Generation Networks, Eli M. Noam
    21:Data Privacy in the Clouds, Christopher Millard
    22:The Social Media Challenge to Internet Governance, Laura Denardis
    23:Beyond the Internet and Web, Yorick Wilks

Reviews

"I highly recommend this first edition to students who need a comprehensive overview of the field of Internet Studies, or those who seek new ideas and perspectives from other Internet scholars." - Alvin Y. Zhou, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Information, Communication & Society

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