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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

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.

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Instrumental Identities and Information Society – Deploying the Issue of Social Fields (Tea Golob)

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Tea Golob School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova GoricaGregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia tea.golob@fuds.si

Instrumental Identities and Information Society – Deploying the Issue of Social Fields

Abstract: The chapter addresses the information society as a concept referring to recent transformations of the social reality expressed in the form of semantic structures. It emphasizes that an excessive number of information does not per se indicates that all people have the same access to that information or that they are equally able to contextualise them. Different access to resources, which can be cognitive or psychical, is playing a crucial role in that regard, which has a significant impact also on contemporary identity constructions. Individuals can form either strategic instrumental identifications, which serve as a mean of successful adaptation to social settings and also of transforming them, or they can passively absorb the transformed cultural information, which influences their identity construction without strategic endeavours. In order to represent a meaning of different national setting in substantiating contextualisation of increased information and accordingly strategic identifications, the text draws on a fuzzy set method as designed by Charles C. Ragin (2000). The analysis elucidates that while social environment has become more differentiated, it has started to offer new semantics on a systemic level, which increasingly trigger individuals’ cognitive maps. Individuals have become more reflexive and less bounded with social structural determinants. They are able to adjust their personal semantics referring to self-description and...

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