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Information Society and the Workplace

Spaces, Boundaries and Agency, 1st Edition

Edited by Prof Jeff Hearn, Tuula Heiskanen


230 pages

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Much has been written on the grand prospects for "Information Society"; much less on what this might mean in everyday terms. So what do we find when we look at what is happening in a society, Finland, that is one of closest to an information society? Bringing together studies of everyday local practices in workplaces within information society, this book has a special focus on social space and the agency of actors. It includes both theoretical reviews and detailed qualitative research. It also highlights the political challenges of the information society, challenges which are likely to become subjects of international concern.

About the Editors

Tuula Heiskanen is Research Director of the Work Research Centre, a unit of multidisciplinary working life studies in the Research Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. She has studied professional and industrial work, work organizations in both public and private sectors, and both male- and female-dominated organizations. She is co-editor of Gendered Practices in Working life (1997).

Jeff Hearn is Research Professor in Sociology at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and Academy Fellow and Professor at the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland. His interest in information society comes particularly from research on gender, sexuality, violence and ICTs. He is co-author of Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations (2001).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Technology, Work and Organizations

The books in the series offer groundings in central elements of the management of technology and innovation. They provide stimulating treatments of key themes which form part of the Management of Technology and/or Innovation syllabus and are primarily aimed at advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturing and research staff. The books explain, develop and critically explore issues and concepts on the assumption that students and staff already have a basic understanding of the area. All the books in the series incorporate a combination of this review of the current state of knowledge in a particular aspect of the management of technology/innovation with the presentation and discussion of new primary material not previously published.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General