Male Female Email: The Struggle for Relatedness in a Paranoid Society

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Many people have heard or read of the scientific study that links Internet use to depression. This book expands on that notion, attempting to place Internet use in the context of a "paranoid society" beset by increasing personal isolation, bewildering technology, and end-of-the-millennium pressures. Civin, a professor at Adelphi University and a practicing psychoanalyst, uses a number of case studies to illustrate his belief that the Internet serves different functions for different users. On the one hand, he suggests, it can serve as a means of connectedness, facilitating complex exchanges among the self and others. On the other hand, it can insulate the user from meaningful contact with others, providing only one-dimensional exchanges that simulate or substitute for real, full relationships. Civin's ideas--which combine case studies with postmodern theory, personal experiences, and different branches of psychological thought--are well presented. Throughout, he explains the somewhat dauntingly academic language, making this book fascinating reading for anyone with a passing interest in both technology and psychology. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--David E. Valencia, Federal Way Regional Lib., WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Numerous cases illustrate the various ways e-mail and the Internet have an impact on how people relate to one another. Psychologist Civin (Adelphi U., and private practice) finds that some people and relationships are indeed profoundly affected in both negative and positive ways, and he describes various scenarios and syndromes that develop among the susceptible. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892746306
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Male, Female, and Email - New Conceptions of Relatedness 1
2 The Interface of Janus: Internet Relationships at the New Millennium 29
3 Cleansing the Web of Perception 57
4 Between Flesh and Thought: The Substance of Internet Relationships 81
5 Being Between Two Lives: On the Vicissitudes of Cyberspace as Potential Space in Organizations 139
6 At the Still Point of the Turning World: Transformation and Potentiation or Constriction and Annihilation 191
Notes 203
References 221
Index 231
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