New Technologies at Work: People, Screens and Social Virtuality

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Information and communication technologies have completely revolutionized our working practices. This book investigates both the impact of information technology on working practices and, more complexly, how I.T. is bound up in social, political, and economic issues. How are power relations established and maintained through transnational networking? Can the Internet be used as a political tool to manipulate the 'masses'? In what ways has digital technology changed the aesthetics and practices of the ...

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Overview

Information and communication technologies have completely revolutionized our working practices. This book investigates both the impact of information technology on working practices and, more complexly, how I.T. is bound up in social, political, and economic issues. How are power relations established and maintained through transnational networking? Can the Internet be used as a political tool to manipulate the 'masses'? In what ways has digital technology changed the aesthetics and practices of the Euro-American dance world? What initiatives have been undertaken to ensure people aren't excluded from the digital world and have they succeeded? Through answering these and many more questions, this groundbreaking book is an essential guide to the modern day world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859736494
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Garsten is Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University.

Helena Wulff is Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: From People of the Book to People of the Screen 1
1 Living with New (Ideals of) Technology 7
2 The Computer as a Focus of Inattention: Five Scenarios concerning Hospital Porters 25
3 Digital Ditches: Working in the Virtual Grass Roots 45
4 Real-time, Real-place Market: Transnational Connections and Disconnections in Financial Markets 69
5 Mobile Workplacing: Office Design, Space and Technology 91
6 Claiming the Future: Speed, Business Rhetoric and Computer Practice 119
7 Networking as a Form of Life: The Transnational Movement of Internet Pioneers 145
8 Mainstream Rebels: Informalization and Regulation in a Virtual World 165
9 Steps on Screen: Technoscapes, Visualization and Globalization in Dance 187
10 Screening the Classroom: Students, Teachers and Computers in an Urban American School 205
11 Open-Source Software Development as Gift Culture: Work and Identity Formation in an Internet Community 223
Index 243
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