Information Society Studies

Information Society Studies

by Alistair S. Duff


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We are often told that we are "living in an information society" or that we are "information workers." But what exactly do these claims mean, and how might they be verified? In this important methodological study, Alistair S. Duff cuts through the rhetoric to get to the bottom of the "information society thesis." Wide-ranging in coverage, this study will be of interest to scholars in information science, communication and media studies and social theory. It is a key text for the newly-unified specialism of information society studies, and an indispensable guide to the future of this discipline.

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ISBN-13: 9780415513746
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Alistair S. Duff is a Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in the School of Creative Industries at Napier University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. The information sector version of the information society thesis. 3. The information flows version of the information society thesis. 4. The information technology version of the information society thesis 5. Synthetic methodology of the information society thesis 6. Overall conclusions. Coda: An agenda for information Society Studies. Appendix 1: Database searches. Appendix 2: Telephone interview with Youichi Ito. Appendix 3: Periodicals carrying articles on the information society between 1984 and 1997.

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