Internet and Society

Social Theory in the Information Age

By Christian Fuchs

© 2007 – Routledge

398 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In this exceptional study, Christian Fuchs discusses how the internet has transformed the lives of human beings and social relationships in contemporary society. By outlining a social theory of the internet and the information society, he demonstrates how the ecological, economic, political, and cultural systems of contemporary society have been transformed by new ICTs. Fuchs highlights how new forms of cooperation and competition are advanced and supported by the internet in subsystems of society and also discusses opportunities and risks of the information society.


"I think that is is a relief to read a young academic who refers to Marx and Engels…I really recommend this book and hope that also some politicians are going to read it, so we can have a more cooperative and less competitive future."

Jesper Toekke, Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2008

"Fuchs's approach to social theory is reminiscent of Jürgen Habermas's in more than one way. … Fuchs provides a thoughtful analysis that not only engages the most prominent literature but also produces a clear voice which cuts through many of the clichés regarding the information society."

Eran Fisher, Journal of Communication 59 (4)

"Without building critical tools described in this book, the moment for positive social and political change may indeed turn dystopian, as the opportunity evaporates to conceptualize society as cooperative systems of interactions."

Marcus Breen, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 5 (3)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Self-Organization and Co-Operation 3. Society and Dynamic Social Theory 4. The Rise of Transnational Informational Capitalism 5. Social Internet Dynamics 6. Competition and Co-Operation in the Informational Ecology 7. Competition and Co-Operation in the Internet Economy 8. Competition and Co-Operation in Online Politics 9. Competition and Co-Operation in Cyberculture 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Christian Fuchs is professor and chair for media and communication studies at Uppsala University's Department of Informatics and Media Studies. He is also board member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (Austria) and editor of tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. He is author of many publications in the fields ICTs & society, media & society, information society studies, and critical theory.

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:
COMPUTERS / Internet / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General