Handbook of Critical Information Systems Research: Theory and Application

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The critical tradition in information systems research, according to Howcroft (Manchester Business School, U. of Manchester, UK) and Trauth (School of Information Sciences and Technology, US), is characterized by the themes of emancipation from power relations, critique of tradition, rejection of the primacy of economic efficiency (non-performative intent), critique of technological determination, and methodological reflexitivity. Intending to highlight the major strands of the critical tradition, they present 10 essays addressing conceptual and theoretical issues and eight demonstrating the application of theory. Topics include the ethics of information systems, critical discourse analysis of information systems, management fashions and information systems, Marxist critique of at-home tele-work, rationalities and emotions in information systems innovation, evaluating e-governance projects in India, mediated work in global business systems, and tele-health in the United Kingdom. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

1 Choosing critical IS research 1
2 Basic assumptions of the critical research perspectives in information systems 19
3 Theoretical approaches for researching power and information systems : the benefit of Machiavellian view 47
4 Are social constructivist approaches critical? : the case of IS failure 70
5 Taking a critical linguistic turn : using critical discourse analysis for the study of information systems 104
6 Against rules : the ethical turn in information systems 123
7 Management fashions and information systems 132
8 Flexibility, freedom and women's emancipation : a Marxist critique of at-home telework 152
9 Critical management studies : towards a more mature politics 174
10 The wrong trousers? : beyond the design fallacy : social learning and the user 195
11 Critical engagement : why, what and how? 225
12 Towards critical interpretivism in IS research 244
13 Consuming passions in the 'global knowledge economy' 272
14 Rationalities and emotions in IS innovation 299
15 Evaluating e-governance projects in India : a focus on micro-level implementation 325
16 Rethinking urban poverty : forms of capital, information technology and enterprise development 350
17 'Global but local' : mediated work in global business organizations 365
18 Competing rationalities : a critical study of telehealth in the UK 388
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