The Information Society / Edition 1

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Overview

In this timely new book, Christopher May surveys some of the most influential and important writings that declare we are entering a new information age. It is frequently asserted that this will bring about a social transformation and that the character of work is being transformed by the widespread deployment of information and communication technologies. In a similar manner we are told the world of politics is changing, with new communities emerging which will alter the practices of politics in profound and novel ways, and which will significantly reduce the role of the state and government. Each of these claims is subjected to a detailed critique.

Christopher May suggests that while there have clearly been some major and important changes prompted by the information technology revolution, these are often changes only in the forms of activity and not their substance. The information age represents some marked and important continuities with previous social practices, rather than the overthrow of all that has gone before. This sceptical view balances and moderates the often hysterical celebration of the new information society - a celebration which, the author argues, often lapses into an apologia for modern capitalism.

The Information Society will be of particular interest to students in sociology, politics, political economy, media and cultural studies and information studies.

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Although some of the most triumphalist boasts about the advent of an essentially new global information economy has been muted by the burst of the dotcom bubble, some of the key assumptions related to the concept of the information economy are still considered relevant. May (international political economy, U. of the West of England), surveying some of the economic literature, criticizes assumptions that the organization of economic relations has been transformed and that the state and its authority are in terminal decline. He argues that political and economic continuities are far more profound than the tribunes of the "new age" can allow. Distributed in the US by Blackwell Publishers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745626857
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher May is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of the West of England.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 What is the Global Information Society? 1
2 Locating the 'Information Age' in History 19
3 Information Capital, Property and Labour 49
4 Communities, Individuals and Politics in the Information Society 81
5 W(h)ither the State? 114
6 Back to the Future 149
App Intellectual Property 162
References 168
Index 185
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