9780415961325

Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415961325

  • ISBN10:

    0415961327

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In this exceptional study, Christian Fuchs discusses how the internet has transformed the lives of human beings and social relationships in contemporary society. By outlining a social theory of the internet and the information society, he demonstrates how the ecological, economic, political, and cultural systems of contemporary society have been transformed by new ICTs. Fuchs highlights how new forms of cooperation and competition are advanced and supported by the internet in subsystems of society and also discusses opportunities and risks of the information society.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Self-organization and cooperationp. 11
Soceity and dynamic social theoryp. 35
The rise of transnational informational capitalismp. 98
Social Internet dynamicsp. 121
Competition and cooperation in the informational ecologyp. 140
Competition and cooperation in the Internet economyp. 148
Competition and cooperation in online politicsp. 213
Competition and cooperation in cyberculturep. 299
Conclusionp. 335
Notesp. 355
Referencesp. 357
Indexp. 381
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