Virtual Society? Get Real!: Technology, Cyberbole, Reality

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Overview


This book investigates the precise effects on society of the new and much vaunted electronic technologies (ICTs). All aspects of our social, cultural, economic, and political life stand to be affected by their continued massive growth, but are fundamental shifts already taking place in the way in which we behave, organize, and interact as a direct result of the new technologies? The contributors to the volume argue that their transformative effects amount to our transition to a virtual society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199248766
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Woolgar was Professor of Sociology, Head of the Department of Human Sciences, and Director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) until 2000. He has held visiting appointments at McGill University, MIT, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris, and University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, and the winner of an ESRC Senior Research Fellowship. He moved to the University of Oxford in autumn 2000 to take up the Chair of Marketing at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is currently Director of the ESRC' Virtual Society?' programme.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Boxes
Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
1 Five Rules of Virtuality 1
2 They Came, They Surfed, They Went Back to the Beach: Conceptualizing Use and Non-Use of the Internet 23
3 Visualization Needs Vision: The Pre-Paradigmatic Character of Virtual Reality 41
4 How Social is Internet Communication? A Reappraisal of Bandwidth and Anonymity Effects 61
5 New Public Places for Internet Access: Networks for Practice-Based Learning and Social Inclusion 78
6 Allegories of Creative Destruction: Technology and Organization in Narratives of the e-Economy 99
7 Confronting Electronic Surveillance: Desiring and Resisting New Technologies 115
8 Getting Real about Surveillance and Privacy at Work 137
9 Virtual Society and the Cultural Practice of Study 153
10 The Reality of Virtual Social Support 176
11 Real and Virtual Connectivity: New Media in London 189
12 Presence, Absence, and Accountability: E-mail and the Mediation of Organizational Memory 209
13 Inside the Bubble: Communion, Cognition, and Deep Play at the Intersection of Wall Street and Cyberspace 230
14 The Day-to-Day Work of Standardization: A Sceptical Note on the Reliance on IT in a Retail Bank 247
15 Cotton to Computers: From Industrial to Information Revolutions 264
16 Mobile Society? Technology, Distance, and Presence 286
17 Abstraction and Decontextualization: An Anthropological Comment 302
References 314
Index 341
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