Global Information Society: Technology, Knowledge, and Mobility

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Social Science - 285 pages
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We have been living and working in the information society for decades, yet still we struggle to understand and keep up in the face of its constant flux and vast scope. In this unique interdisciplinary text, three scholars at the forefront of this dynamic field provide a clear conceptual framework and interpretation of the global information society. They explain the three pillars of the information society-technology, knowledge, and mobility-and the global information society as a whole, both as an interconnected web and a regionally distinct phenomenon. Offering a nuanced understanding of this complex subject, this book will enable students to navigate and thrive in the dynamic and evolving world of information and communication technology.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
3
Chapter 2 Foundations of the Information Society
11
Chapter 3 Technologies and Infrastructures
41
Chapter 4 Societal Dimensions of Mobility Information and Knowledge Production
67
Chapter 5 Individuals in the Information Society
95
PART II MAPPING THE GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
113
Chapter 6 Spatial Organization of the Global Information Society
115
Chapter 7 The Americas
129
Chapter 10 Africa and the Middle East
169
PART III POLICY AND ACTION FOR THE GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
189
Chapter 11 Policy
191
Moving from What Is to What Should Be
213
PART IV SUPPORT SECTION
233
Chapter 13 Intelligent Development Planning Charrette
235
References
251
Index
275

Chapter 8 Europe
145
Chapter 9 AsiaPacific
155
About the Authors
285
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Mark I. Wilson is professor in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. Aharon Kellerman is professor emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Haifa and president of Zefat Academic College, Israel. Kenneth E. Corey is professor in the Department of Geography and in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Michigan State University.