Information Society Studies

By Alistair S. Duff

© 2000 – Routledge

214 pages

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Paperback: 9780415513746
pub: 2013-05-07
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pub: 2000-03-16

About the Book

We are often told that we are "living in an information society" or that we are "information workers." But what exactly do these claims mean, and how might they be verified? In this important methodological study, Alistair S. Duff cuts through the rhetoric to get to the bottom of the "information society thesis." Wide-ranging in coverage, this study will be of interest to scholars in information science, communication and media studies and social theory. It is a key text for the newly-unified specialism of information society studies, and an indispensable guide to the future of this discipline.


'The book is well-structured, logically argued and stout in defence of its arguments. … deserves a wide prfoessional audience for its insights into what lies behind the transformations of libraries currently taking place' - Library Review

'Alistair Duff has produced a bench-mark book which charts for us the emergence of the concept of 'information society' .' - Margaret Grieco, Urban Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. The information sector version of the information society thesis. 3. The information flows version of the information society thesis. 4. The information technology version of the information society thesis 5. Synthetic methodology of the information society thesis 6. Overall conclusions. Coda: An agenda for information Society Studies. Appendix 1: Database searches. Appendix 2: Telephone interview with Youichi Ito. Appendix 3: Periodicals carrying articles on the information society between 1984 and 1997.

About the Author

Alistair S. Duff is a Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in the School of Creative Industries at Napier University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

The planet is being transformed by technical change and in particular by the speed of development in information technology. This series brings together the latest research on the social impact of IT and seeks to provide a broad range of case studies and comparative analysis of this phenomena and how it is changing our lives.

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Subject Categories

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