The Information Society Reader

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Frank Webster, Raimo Blom, Erkki Karvonen, Ensio Puoskari, Harri Melin, with Raimo Blom, Kaarle Nordenstreng
Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 449 pages
There has been much debate over the idea of 'the information society'. Some thinkers have argued that information is becoming the key ordering principle in society, whereas others suggest that the rise of information has been overstated. Whatever the case, it cannot be denied that 'informization' has produced vast changes in advanced societies. The Information Society Reader pulls together the main contributions to this debate from some of the key figures in the field. Major topics addressed include:

* post-industrialism
* surveillance
* transformations
* the network society
* democracy
* digital divisions
* virtual relations.

With a comprehensive introduction from Frank Webster, selections from Manuel Castells, Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault and Christopher Lasch amongst others, and section introductions contextualising the readings, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and academics studying contemporary society and all things cyber.

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Contents

PART
5
Yoneji Masuda
15
Charles Leadbeater
21
Esther Dyson George Gilder George Keyworth
31
Langdon Winner
45
THE CULT OF INFORMATION
55
PART
81
Krishan Kumar
103
Anne Balsamo
237
PART FIVE
255
Pippa Norris
273
Christopher Lasch
287
PANOPTICISM
302
David Lyon
327
PART SEVEN
345
STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE
366

John Urry
121
Manuel Castells
134
THE NETWORK SOCIETY
150
Nicholas Garnham
165
PART FOUR
185
Robert Reich
204
THE ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
212
Zizi Papacharissi
379
PART EIGHT
393
Eric Michaels
411
Sadie Plant
424
Index
439
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Frank Webster is Professor of Sociology at City University, London. He is author of Theories of the Information Society, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2002).

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