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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding the Internet

A Socio-Cultural Perspective

ISBN 9780230517332
Publication Date September 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The Internet is an everyday part of our contemporary lives. This book explores how it is shaped and embedded within society, fostering new social worlds and ways of talking. Using a wide range of examples to examine economic, political and cultural issues, this book is crucial reading for all those studying society, media and technology.

BRIDGETTE WESSELS is Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her writing and research focuses on social and cultural change, particularly in relation to ICT and the Internet. She teaches courses on the ICT, Internet and Society at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Assessing the Internet as Socio-Cultural Forms.- The Cultural History of the Internet.- Cultural Forms and Socio-Technical Change.- The Socio-Cultural Environment of the Internet.- Work and the Internet.- Public Policy and the Internet.- Exclusions, Inclusion and the Internet.- Culture, Everyday Life and the Internet.- Cyber-Cultures and the Internet.- The Communications Environment and the Internet.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Glossar.

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