The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life reveals how people are managing, exploiting, and resisting technological developments in the digital age. In this unique volume, distinguished experts from a broad range of fields candidly show how the latest technologies are being used to transform and control nitty-gritty aspects of life from conception onward and the surprising benefits and consequences. Bold and provocative,
The Culture of Efficiency is for everyone concerned with efficiency and effectiveness. It offers fresh insights about social trends, practical suggestions for improving everyday life, and vital forecasts about the future of work and leisure. This is essential reading for researchers, professionals, and students in communication, sociology, education, anthropology, psychology, organizational science, operations management, marketing, gender studies, environmental studies, American studies, healthcare, and social policy. Overall, the volume offers a rich interpretation of the meaning of living in a culture of efficiency.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XX, 390 pp., num. ill.
Contents: Sharon Kleinman: Introduction – Suzy D’Enbeau/Patrice M. Buzzanell: Efficiencies of Pregnancy Management: From Penciling
in Pregnancy to Elective C-Sections – Yvonne Houy: From Taylor to Just-in-Time Sustainability: A Short History of Efficient
Eating – Michael L. Maynard: Hyping the Efficiencies of Fast(er) Food: The Glocalization of McDonald’s Snack Wrap in Japan
– Nathan Jurgenson/George Ritzer: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Web 2.0 – Corey Anton: Clocks, Synchronization, and the Fate
of Leisure: A Brief Media Ecological History of Digital Technologies – Brenda L. Berkelaar: No Punctuation: Searching for
an Architecture of Time in the Culture of Efficiency – Mickey Brazeal: Varieties of Efficiency: How Automatic Asset Tracking
Changes the Way Businesses Work – J. David Johnson: Profiling the Likelihood of Success of Electronic Medical Records – Daniel
G. McDonald/Jingbo Meng: The Multitasking of Entertainment – Dominika Bednarska: Rethinking Access: Why Technology Isn’t the
Only Answer – Michael Bugeja: E-tymology of Inefficiency: How the Business World Colonized Academe – Letizia Caronia/André
H. Caron: Mobile Learning in the Digital Age: A Clash of Cultures? – Julian Kilker: Procrustean Pedagogy: The Architecture
of Efficiency in a New Medium – Penny A. Leisring: Stalking Made Easy: How Information and Communication Technologies Are
Influencing the Way People Monitor and Harass One Another – Mikaela L. Marlow/Howard Giles: The Politics of Disaster: Crises,
Communication, and Marginalization in the United States – Gene Burd: Efficiency Techniques in Journalistic Practice, Scientific
Rigor, and Religious Rhetoric – Peg Oliveira: Mind over Multitasking: What Would Buddha Do? – Holly Parker: Transportation
Transformation – David F. Donnelly: The Future Starts at 5:00 – Mark E. Hoffman/Carrie A. Bulger: Whither Boundaries? The
Internet and the Blurring of Work and Personal Life – Annis G. Golden: A Technologically Gendered Paradox of Efficiency: Caring
More About Work While Working in More Care – Sharon Kleinman: Conclusion: Win-Win Sustainability in the Culture of Efficiency
– Jarice Hanson: Afterword: Reflections.