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A Model of Human Motivation for Sociology

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Jacob Alsted

Many macro-sociologists have insufficient understanding of the roots of human motivation and this seriously hampers the effort to build theoretical models of society, social organisations and social change. The aim of this work is to remedy this deficiency. In this book, a model of motivation is constructed in order to demonstrate how it can improve our understanding of society. The aim here is an integration of concepts from psychology and sociology. Furthermore, it is the aim to clearly demonstrate that such a model adds new insights to our understanding of society. It can enrich key concepts used for analysis of meso- and macro-level phenomena. The author argues that the model of motivation can increase our understanding of, on the macro-level, the history of the state and, on the meso-level, dynamics in organisations.

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r:::: cu ~ n:s .c u "' r:::: cu "' "' ·-~ ... cu "'C C\ n:s -... ~ ... cu .c u "' ·-:n:s c. 0 ... :::l w • Frank Helten I Bernd Fischer (eds.) Envisioning TeleCity Towards the Urbanisation of ICT Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 219 pp., num. fig. and tab. ISBN 3-631-51 056-X I US-ISBN 0-8204-6453-8 · pb. € 39.-* This volume addresses the question of how the interplay of ICT and urban developments will change the face of the city as we know it. A range of contributions to discussions on this theme outlines the possible forms and directions of our urban future in the age of information. Based on the international conference Envisioning TeleCity- the Urbanisation of ICT, this volume compiles new approaches to investigations in this field, and introduces findings from a selection of international studies. The main foci of this volume are the changes in urban structures prompted by the increased use of ICT; the role of the public sector and its responsibilities in the informatisation of society; the relevance of ICT to economic policy at the community level, and the role of ICT in urban planning. Contents: Changes in urban structures prompted by the increased use of ICT · The role of the public sector and its responsibility as actor in the informatisation of society · The relevance of ICT for economic policy at the communal level · The role of ICT in urban planning Frankfurt am Main · Berlin · Bern · Bruxelles...

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