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The Internet in Everyday Life is the first book to systematically investigate how being online fits into people's everyday lives.

  • Opens up a new line of inquiry into the social effects of the Internet.
  • Focuses on how the Internet fits into everyday lives, rather than considering it as an alternate world.
  • Chapters are contributed by leading researchers in the area.
  • Studies are based on empirical data.
  • Talks about the reality of being online now, not hopes or fears about the future effects of the Internet.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Wellman is to be congratulated for pulling together a collectionof excellent articles that will make a valuable contribution toempirically grounding discussions about the effects of the Interneton our everyday life experiences." Communication &Society

"Its breadth, depth and empiricism make for an immenselyimpressive collection which is likely to influence the field ofinternet studies for years to come" New Media andSociety

"Work like that done in The Internet in Everyday Life isinvaluable in helping us see and understand the technological worldin which we are immersed. As such, it makes a major contribution toour discipline and our society." ContemporarySociology

"A powerful collective statement both about the domestication ofthe Internet in everyday life and about the need for new kinds ofquestions and methodologies in the next generation of Internetstudies." Social Forces

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631235088
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: Information Age Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Wellman learned to keypunch in 1965 and startedchatting online in 1976. Now the head of the University ofToronto's NetLab, he's a leading scholar of cybersociety,community, and social network analysis. Prof. Wellman has pioneeredunderstanding of both communities and computer networks as socialnetworks. He founded the International Network for Social NetworkAnalysis, chaired the Community section of the AmericanSociological Association, and serves on the Executive Committee ofthe Association for Internet Research. He's written more than 200articles and edited two other books. His website has received20,000 hits in three years.

Caroline Haythornthwaite is a faculty member at theGraduate School of Library and Information Science, University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also Coordinator of theUndergraduate Minor in Information Technology Studies. Beforereturning to full-time study, she spent over 10 years in softwaredevelopment as a programmer, systems analyst, and softwaredevelopment manager. Her research focuses on how people work andlearn together at a distance via computer technology and theInternet, and examines what combinations of computer media, andwork and social communications build ties and social networksonline. Current projects include examination of learning networksand community ties among distance learners, and processes ofknowledge co-construction among members of distributed researchteams.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Foreword: The Virtual Community in the Real World. (HowardRheingold).

Series Editor's Preface: The Internet and the Network Society .(Manuel Castells).

Introduction: The Internet in Everyday Life. (CarolineHaythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part I: Moving The Internet Out Of Cyberspace.

The internet in Everyday Life: An Introduction. (CarolineHaythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part II: The Place Of The Internet In Everyday Life.

1. Days and Nights on the Internet. (Philip Howard, Lee Rainie,and Steve Jones).

2 The Global Villagers: Comparing Internet Users and Uses Aroundthe World. (Wenhong Chen, Jeffrey Boase and Barry Wellman).

3 Syntopia: Access, Civic Involvement and Social Interaction onthe Net. (James Katz and Ronald Rice).

4 Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet inEveryday British Life. (Ben Anderson and Karina Tracey).

5 The Changing Digital Divide in Germany. (Gert Wagner, RainerPischner and John Haisken-DeNew).

6 Doing Social Science Research Online . (Alan Neustadtl, JohnRobinson and Meyer Kestnbaum).

Part III: Finding Time For The Internet.

7 Internet Use, Interpersonal Relations and Sociability: A TimeDiary Study. (Norman Nie, D. Sunshine Hillygus and LutzErbring).

8 The Internet and Other Uses of Time. (John Robinson, MeyerKestnbaum, Alan Neustadtl and Anthony Alvarez).

9 Everyday Communication Patterns of Heavy and Light EmailUsers. (Janell Copher, Alaina Kanfer and Mary Bea Walker).

Part IV: The Internet In The Community.

10 Capitalizing on the Net: Social Contact, Civic Engagement andSense of Community. (Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman).

11 The Impact of Computer Networks on Social Capital andCommunity Involvement in Blacksburg. (Andrea Kavanaugh and ScottPatterson).

12 The Not So Global Village of Netville. (Keith Hampton andBarry Wellman).

13 Gender and Personal Relationships in HomeNet. (Bonka Bonevaand Robert Kraut).

14 Belonging in Geographic, Ethnic and Internet Spaces. (SorinMatei and Sandra Ball-Rokeach).

Part V: The Internet At School, Work And Home.

15 Bringing the Internet Home: Adult distance learners and theirInternet, Home and Work worlds. (Caroline Haythornthwaite andMichelle Kazmer).

16 Where Home is the Office: The New Form of Flexible Work.(Janet Salaff).

17 Kerala Connections: Will the Internet Affect Science inDeveloping Areas?. (Teresa Davidson, R. Sooryamoorthy and WesleyShrum).

18 Social Support for Japanese Mothers Online and Offline .(Kakuko Miyata).

19 Shopping Behavior Online. (Robert Lunn and MichaelSuman).


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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    Fell below my expectations

    I had hopes for this book. I was expecting it to be like Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, but I was left disappointed. It is basically just a collection of papers, most of which are based on more concise version of papers that appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist 45(3), which is freely available to students and academics with the right privileges. It's a beyond being paid for, but I found my library's copies of Social Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications by Subhasish Dasgupta a more comprehensive edited work for the contemporary age of social networks on the Internet. If you're a student you can always get it by Inter-Library loan if your library doesn't have it, or ask your them to buy it as it's well worth reading - it is more up-to-date than this dated work, which is basically available online anyway.

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