Information Society and Civil Society: Contemporary Perspectives on the Changing World Order (Science and Society Series)

Information Society and Civil Society: Contemporary Perspectives on the Changing World Order (Science and Society Series)

by Slavko Splichal
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557530432

ISBN-13: 9781557530431

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: Purdue University Press


Any examination of contemporary society must recognize a central place for information and communication processes and for the technologies and institutions on which they rely, particularly for public communication. The essays in this volume juxtapose two central concepts of recent social and political thought -- civil society and information society - and relate…  See more details below

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Any examination of contemporary society must recognize a central place for information and communication processes and for the technologies and institutions on which they rely, particularly for public communication. The essays in this volume juxtapose two central concepts of recent social and political thought -- civil society and information society - and relate them to the complex nature of contemporary public communication. A number of authors, including several contributors to this collection, argue that on the eve of the twenty-first century, civil society is beginning to disintegrate everywhere. In this volume, fifteen scholars from ten different countries address that argument by problematizing the relation between the older concept, civil society, and the newer one, information society, and offering perspectives on future directions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557530431
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
Science and Society Series
Pages:
371
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Civil Society and Information Society as Guarantors of Progress21
From Civil Society to Information Society?50
Civil Society, Independent Public Sphere, and Information Society: An Impossible Combination?78
Communication and Democracy: A Challenge to the Notion of New Public Space103
Western Democratic Societies Facing the Rising Use of Communications123
The Sociality of Information and the Civility of Society135
Entering Chaos: Designing the State in the Information Age157
Assessing Information Technologies in the Information Society: The Relevance of Communication Science185
Civil Society, Information Society, and Islamic Society: A Comparative Perspective208
Information Societies with Strong and Weak Civil Society Traditions233
Free Speech in America: Contemporary Social Movements and the Politics of Representation254
Cultural Identity, Civil Society, and Mass Communication in Catalonia291
Telecommunications for a Democratic Public Sphere: The Case of Canada307
Index351

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