Information Communication Technology and Social Transformation: A Social and Historical Perspective, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Information Communication Technology and Social Transformation

A Social and Historical Perspective, 1st Edition

By Hugh F. Cline


176 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book argues that information communication technologies are not creating new forms of social structure, but rather altering long-standing institutions and amplifying existing trends of social change that have their origins in ancient times. Using a comparative historical perspective, it analyzes the applications of information communication technologies in relation to changes in norms and values, education institutions, the socialization of children, new forms of deviant and criminal behaviors, enhanced participation in religious activities, patterns of knowledge creation and use, the expansion of consumerism, and changing experiences of distance and time.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Societal Evolution 3. Normative Order: Part One 4. Normative Order: Part Two 5. Learning 6. Knowledge 7. Consumerism 8. Distance and Time 9. Future. Appendix A: Design and Architecture of Digital Computers. Appendix B: Computer Networks

About the Author

Hugh F. Cline received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1967. For 20 years, he served as Executive Research Director at Educational Testing Service. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research has focused on the use of information communication technologies in complex organizations.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies