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In Theories of the Information Society Frank Webster sets out to make sense of the information explosion, taking a sceptical look at what thinkers mean when they refer to the Information Society, and critically examining the major post-war theories and approaches to informational development. The third edition of this classic study brings it right up to date both with new theoretical work and with social and technological changes - such as the rapid growth of the Internet and accelerated globalisation - and reassesses the work of key theorists in light of these changes.
This book will be essential reading for students in Sociology, Politics, Communications, Information Science, Cultural Studies, Computing and Librarianship. It will also be invaluable for anybody interested in social and technological change in the post-war era.
About the Author:
Frank Webster is Professor of Sociology at City University London
|2||The idea of an information society||8|
|3||The information society as post-industrialism: Daniel Bell||30|
|4||Information, restructuring and globalisation||59|
|5||Informational capitalism: Manuel Castells||97|
|6||Information and advanced capitalism: Herbert Schiller||124|
|7||Information management and manipulation: Jurgen Habermas and the concept of the public sphere||161|
|8||Information, reflexivity and surveillance: Anthony Giddens||202|
|9||Information, postmodernism and postmodernity||227|
|10||Conclusion: is there an information society?||263|