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Digitalization and Society

Edited By Bünyamin Ayhan

This book presents a collection of papers by researchers from several different institutions on a wide range of digital issues.

Digitalization describes the phenomenon of how knowledge is processed and the processed knowledge provides social transformations beyond digitization, interaction, annihilation of time and space, the phenomenon of usage in multimedia. Transformed is not only the society but also its mentality. Digitalization reveals a sui generis digimodern process by processing modern structures with the help of compulsory tools. This process is a reconstruction of social structures and institutions on the basis of the digitalization perspective. Each social institution adapts this process and provides a contribution to the digitalization of society.

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This book was contemplated as the first volume of a two book project on digitalization and globalization phenomena with a focus on changes in social institutions and their meanings. The study is a joint work of academicians from different universities operating in Turkey and started at the beginning with a very wide range of associations and nearly all of the social institutions were included in the study area. For example, from the perspective of digitalization, some of the titles are media, television, identity, surveillance and control, security, social movements, leisure, and education. Unfortunately, these titles did not take place in the study.

Problems of the academic realm convinced us to narrow the scope of the first volume. The military coup attempt of July 15, 2016 will also have long lasting effects on society in terms of politics, the economy, and more importantly, on education.

Although traditional and “postmodern” military coups were seen as historical cycles in our political system, society demonstrated a serious democratic resistance against the current coup as it was understood as a means for redesigning society by military tutelage. Naturally, the supporters of the organization that was implicated in the coup attempt which had demonstrated discourses of religion and dialogue were represented in all levels of governmental institutions close to political power and were now purged from these and other institutions. The cleaning up began in the fields of security, administration, and justice and expanded in waves to other areas. The...

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