Fortunati, Leopoldina / Vincent, Jane / Gebhardt, Julian / Petrovcic, Andraz / Vershinskaya, Olga (eds.)
Interacting with Broadband Society
Year of Publication: 2010
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 262 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-58393-7 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.510 kg, 1.124 lbs
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This book discusses the personal and social lives of e-actors interacting within the socio-technical structures of the evolving broadband society by exploring the different ways in which individuals, social groups, institutions, operators, manufactures, policy makers, designers and other parties contribute to human communication and social interaction in contemporary media societies. The volume covers four theoretical and empirical areas of research: the conceptual perspectives of e-actors, the emergence of new forms of agency, subjectivity, and mediated interpersonal communication, the everyday life experiences of e-actors, and finally the shaping policies and regulations in the broadband society.
Contents: Leopoldina Fortunati/Jane Vincent/Julian Gebhardt/Andraz Petrovcic/Olga Vershinskaya: Introduction: Approaching the notion of humans as e-actors interacting with Broadband Society - Leopoldina Fortunati: From ICT User to Broadband e-Actor - Gregor Petric/Andraz Petrovcic/Vasja Vehovar: Communication Technology Use as a Structuration Process: Exploring the Communicative Portraits of Active Users - Hajo Greif/Oana Mitrea/Matthias Werner: Usability vs. Functionality? Mobile Broadband Technologies and User Agency - Giuseppina Pellegrino: Mediated Bodies in saturated environments: Participation as co-construction - Amparo Lasen: Mobile Culture and Subjectivities: an Example of the Shared Agency between People and Technology - Julian Gebhardt: Alfred Schütz and the media: The intersubjective constitution of mediated interpersonal communication in everyday life - Jane Vincent: Me and My Mobile - Vsevolod M. Zherebin: Information Society as the Law-governed Result of the Evolution of Information - Olga Vershinskaya: Theoretical Approach to the Concept of Humans as e-Actors - Lilia Raycheva: Television: The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected Challenges of ICT - Panayiota Tsatsou: Digital Divides in Greece: The Role of Culture and Regulation in Internet Adoption. Implications for the European Information Society - Vesna Dolnicar: Regulating on an informed basis: Integrative methodological framework for monitoring the digital divide.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Leopoldina Fortunati is Professor of Sociology of Communication at the Faculty of Education, University of Udine (Italy).
Jane Vincent is Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey's Digital World Research Centre (United Kingdom).
Julian Gebhardt is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Communication at the University of Arts, Berlin (Germany).
Andraz Petrovcic works as a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Olga Vershinskaya is Head of the Social Problems of ICT Dissemination at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia).
«This collection of conference papers, with palpable consistency in quality, comes together as a coherent whole. It beckons us to re-conceptualize the relation between technology and society in light of the new realities created by user empowerment. It will serve as an excellent springboard for scholars seeking to break new theoretical ground.» (Harmeet Sawhney, Editor-in-Chief, The Information Society)
«This volume sheds revealing light on the subject of e-actors and their personal and social lives as broadband technology becomes a fundamental part of their daily routines. Though diverse in range and topic, chapter authors do a marvelous job of integrating data from an array of topics to produce a rich and varied mosaic of analysis. Investigations range from the highly personal to that of national policies, yielding valuable insights at levels ranging from the phenomenological and personal to that of institutions and policy.» (Professor James E. Katz, Director, Center for Mobile Communication Studies, Rutgers University)
«This book addresses a variety of complex and vexing questions. It brings together researchers from around Europe to ask just what kind of society are we in and how useful are the labels we commonly deploy to describe it.» (Professor Richard Harper, Principal Researcher, MSR Cambridge)
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