1st Edition

Between Communication and Information

Edited By Brent D. Ruben Copyright 1993
    450 Pages
    by Routledge

    552 Pages
    by Routledge

    The current popularity of such phrases as "information age" and 'information society" suggests thatlinks between information,communication, and: behavior have become closer and more complex in a technology-dominated culture. Social scientists have adopted an integrated approach to these concepts, opening up new theoretical perspectives on the media, social psychology, personal relationships, group process, international diplomacy, and consumer behavior. Between Communication and Information maps out a richly interdisciplinary approach to this development, offering innovative research and advancing our understanding of integrative frameworks.This fourth volume in the series reflects recently established lines of research as well as the continuing interest in basic areas of communications theory and practice. In Part I contributors explore the junction between communication and information from various theoretical perspectives, delving into the multilayered relationship between the two phenomena. Cross-disciplinary approaches in the fields of etymology and library science are presented in the second section. Part III. brings together case studies that examine the interaction of information and communication at individual and group levels; information exchanges between doctors and patients, children and computers, journalists and electronic news sources are analyzed in depth. The concluding segment focuses on large social contexts in which the interaction of communication and information affects the evolution of institutions and culture.Between Information and Communication both extends and challenges current thinking on the mutually supporting interplay of information and human behavior. It will be of interest to sociologists, media analysts, and communication specialists.

    I: Theories; 1: Communication and Information; 2: A History of Information Theory in Communication Research; 3: The Impact of a Native Theory of Information on Two Privileged Accounts of Personhood; 4: Measurement of Information and Communication: A Set of Definitions; 5: Deconstructing Information; 6: A Foucauldian Perspective of the Relationship between Communication and Information; 7: Information Theory and Telecommunications: A Review; II: Disciplinary Connections; 8: An Etymological Exploration of the Links between Information and Communication; 9: Context and Content of Citations between Communication and Library and Information Science Articles; 10: Integrating Concepts for the Information Age: Communication, Information, Mediation, and Institutions; III: Individual and Social Context; 11: Interrelationships between Information- Seeking Skills, Information-Seeking Behavior, and the Usage of Information Sources; 12: Reducing Errors in Health-Related Memory: Progress and Prospects; 13: Children’s Interest in Computers: A Social Cognitive Perspective; 14: Patient-Practitioner Information Exchange as an Asymmetrical Social Encounter: Do Patients Actually Know What Their Practitioners Think They Know?; 15: Judgment Model Overlap and Decision-making Group Processes; 16: Designing Groupware for Implementation; 17: News Story Generation with Hard Copy and Magnetic Media Information Sources: The Impact of Information Technology; 18: Communication, Information, and Surveillance: Separation and Control in Organizations; IV: Societal Contexts; 19: On the Prospects for Redefining Universal Service: From Connectivity to Content; 20: Transaction-Generated Information (TGI): Signaling, Sorting, and the Communication of Self; 21: Media Development and Public Space: The Legislating of Social Interaction; 22: The Politics of Information: A Study of the French Minitel System; 23: Information, Information Society, and Some Marxian Propositions


    Brent D. Ruben