Published in 1998. This text is concerned with research issues within the context of the emerging information age. The book draws together research which is devoted to key questions examining the relationship between the various and widely discussed developments of technological systems and their societal impacts. Increasing interest and research into the information society and their euphorical assumptions is creating a wide spectrum of societal criticism. Computer supported work for instance has led to the development of innovative organizational processes based on technological developments and communications paradigms. In particular the focus is centred on the perspectives of such Networking Entities and their many varied implications. The book links sociology with technology and aims to lead it to wider discussions of the above issues.
Table of Contents
1. Sociological Context and Information Technology. 2. Sociology and the Functions of Technological Autonomy. 3. Gender and Social Construction of Technology. 4. Organizational Implications of Technologicial Care: Some Aspects of Applied Systems in Hospitals. 5. The Making of Global Cities: Technology and Social Sustainability. 6. Technological Change and Employment in Society. 7. Structuring Technology and Working Environments. 8. Critical Issues for the Domains of an Information Society. 9. An Interpretation of Sociology in the Information Society.