The Resource Theories of the information society, Frank Webster

Theories of the information society, Frank Webster

Label
Theories of the information society
Title
Theories of the information society
Statement of responsibility
Frank Webster
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book sets out to examine and assess the variety of theories of information in society currently available. Frank Webster sceptically examines what thinkers mean by an information society, and looks closely at different approaches to informational developments. He provides critical commentaries on the major postwar theories: Daniel Bell's ideas on a post-industrial information society, Anthony Giddens' thoughts on the growth of surveillance and the expansion of the nation state, Herbert Schiller's insistence that information both expresses and consolidates the interests of corporate capitalism: Jurgen Habermas' account of the diminishment of the public sphere; Jean Baudrillard's thoughts on postmodernism and information, and Manuel Castells' depiction of the 'informational city'. Each theorisation is subjected to close scrutiny and is tested against empirical evidence to assess its worth
  • The author concludes that, while there has undoubtedly been an information explosion, it is premature to conceive of an information society. We should rather emphasise the 'informatisation' of established relations
Dewey number
302.2
Index
index present
LC call number
HM258
LC item number
.W39 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
International library of sociology
Label
Theories of the information society, Frank Webster
Publication
Note
Previous ed.: 2002
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
What is an information society? -- Post-industrial society : Daniel Bell -- Regulation school theory -- Network society : Manuel Castells -- Information and the market : Herbert Schiller -- Information and democracy : Jürgen Habermas -- Information, reflexivity and surveillance : Anthony Giddens -- Information and postmodernity -- The information society?
Control code
000040104577
Edition
3rd ed
Extent
viii, 317 p
Isbn
9780415406338
Lccn
2006006404
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.b22999589
System control number
  • ec22999589
  • (OCoLC)80546776

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