The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.
Perspectives of Information Society: Bricolage of Manifestations (Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšič)
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Borut Rončević and Matevž TomšičSchool of Advanced Social Studies in Nova GoricaGregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica, Sloveniaborut.roncevic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Perspectives of Information Society: Bricolage of Manifestations
Abstract: Information societies are characterised by a high level of structural complexity. The processes of comprehensive societal change known as modernisation led to unprecedented dynamics and heterogeneity of institutional forms and practices. Increase in speed of symbolic communication, in which information technologies played the key role, further contributed to this process. In this introductory chapter we are dealing with the question of whether strategic steering of an information society is even possible and what are the consequences of differentiation, networkisation and informatization for steering and governance. We then present the overview of contributions to this volume, which offer insight into the manifestations of an information society in spheres of economy, politics and culture.
Keywords: information society, networkization, strategic steering, governance
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