Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology

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What shapes the role of information and communication technologies in our everyday life? Despite the speed with which information and communication technologies such as the PC, mobile telephone and internet have found their way into society, there remains a good deal of debate surrounding their adoption and use. Through empirical studies covering a broad range of everyday life and work settings, this volume provides grounded insights into the social dynamics influencing how ICTs are both shaped and experienced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754670827
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Introduction Leslie Haddon Haddon, Leslie Enid Mante-Meijer Mante-Meijer, Enid Eugene Loos Loos, Eugene

Pt. I Disciplinary Insights into the Social Dynamics of Innovation and Domestication

1 Computer Anxiety in Daily Life: Old History? John Beckers Beckers, John Henk Schmidt Schmidt, Henk Jelte Wicherts Wicherts, Jelte 13

2 ICTs and the Human Body: An Empirical Study in Five Countries Alberta Contarello Contarello, Alberta Leopoldina Fortunati Fortunati, Leopoldina Pedro Gomez Fernandez Fernandez, Pedro Gomez Enid Mante-Meijer Mante-Meijer, Enid Olga Vershinskaya Vershinskaya, Olga Daniel Volovici Volovici, Daniel 25

3 The Adoption of Terrestrial Digital TV: Technology Push, Political Will or Users' Choice? Tomaz Turk Turk, Tomaz Bartolomeo Sapio Sapio, Bartolomeo Isabella Maria Palombini Palombini, Isabella Maria 39

4 The Flexible Room: Technology for Communication and Personalisation Marianne Jensen Jensen, Marianne Heidi Rognskog Mella Mella, Heidi Rognskog Kristin Thrane Thrane, Kristin 55

Pt. II The Internet as a Tool to Enable Users to Organise Everyday Life

5 Uses of the Family Internet Sites: A Virtual Community between Intimate Space and Public Space Fanny Carmagnat Carmagnat, Fanny Julie Deville Deville, Julie Aurelia Mardon Mardon, Aurelia 73

6 Legal Self-help and the Internet Lieve Gies Gies, Lieve 83

7 On Older People, Internet Access and Electronic Service Delivery: A Study of Sheltered Homes Maria Sourbati Sourbati, Maria 95

Pt. III ICTs in Organisational Settings: A Tool or a Curse?

8 Resistance to Innovation: A Case Study Raija Halonen Halonen, Raija 107

9 Using ICT in Human ServiceOrganisations: An Enabling Constraint? Social Workers, New Technology and their Organisation Eugene Loos Loos, Eugene 119

10 The Impact of ICT Implementations on Social Interaction in Work Communities Niina Rintala Rintala, Niina 133

Pt. IV The Future: The Boundaries between Work and Non-Work Life

11 There is no Business like Small Business: The Use and Meaning of ICTs for Micro-enterprises Jo Pierson Pierson, Jo 153

12 Teleworking Behind the Front Door: The Patterns and Meaning of Telework in the Everyday Lives of Workers Arjan de Jong de Jong, Arjan Enid Mante-Meijer Mante-Meijer, Enid 171

Pt. V Future Developments

13 Enabling Humans to Control the Ethical Behaviour of Persuasive Agents Boldur Barbat Barbat, Boldur Andrei Moiceanu Moiceanu, Andrei Hermina Anghelescu Anghelescu, Hermina 191

14 Challenging Sensory Impairment Keith Gladstone Gladstone, Keith Enid Mante-Meijer Mante-Meijer, Enid Leslie Haddon Haddon, Leslie Eugene Loos Loos, Eugene 205

Conclusion 217

Index 223

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