Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

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Leah A Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone
SAGE, Feb 18, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 592 pages
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'Selected contributions are all of high quality and do indeed contribute to the editors goal; synthesis combined with new horizons, cross-disciplinary approaches combine with state of the art description. This makes the Handbook of New Media de facto required reading for anybody involved in new media and its understanding.... The aim of this book was ambitious and the size of the book is impressive but the result is there, a handbook of new media, which will remain a key referance in new media research for some considerable time'

- Learning Media Technology

`A landmark volume that provides a foundation stone for a new subject - the study of new media. It is stunningly well-edited, offering a very high standard of original contributions in a skilfully orchestrated and organised textbook' - James Curran, Goldsmiths College, University of London

`This is the first major review of interactive technologies and their cultural and social context. This is more than a welcome addition to one's library; it is the authoritative overview of international research perspectives on interactive media technologies by leading scholars around the world' - Ellen Wartella, University of Texas, Austin

`The Handbook of New Media is a landmark for the study of information and communication technologies within the field of communication. Its international team of editors and authors has brought together insights gained from over two decades of scholarly research. This indispensable reference demonstrates an increased maturity and stature for "new media" research within the field' - William H Dutton, University of Southern California

`A truly comprehensive and authoritative volume. This Handbook will be an absolutely essential text for anyone concerned with social aspects of the new media' - Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths College, University of London

The past 20 years have seen remarkable growth in research and scholarship addressing new information and communication technologies and their social contexts. Often called `new media' research, this growing field is both international and interdisciplinary.

The Handbook of New Media sets out boundaries of new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state-of-the-art of the field. Divided into six sections covering major problem areas of research, the Handbook includes an introductory essay by the editors and a concluding essay by Ron Rice. Each chapter, written by an internationally renowned scholar, provides a review of the most significant social research findings and insights.

This Handbook will be an indispensable volume on the personal bookshelves of all scholars working in the area, required reading for graduate students, a reference work for established researchers and newcomers to new media scholarship, and an intellectual benchmark for the field.


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Introduction The Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs
The Changing Social Landscape
Chapter 1 The Information Society Revisited
History Theories and Scientific Investigations
Chapter 3 Politics and New Media
Chapter 4 Interpersonal Life Online
Chapter 5 The Electronic Generation? Children and New Media
Reconstructing Education for the New Millenium
What Research Tells Us and What We Might Want to Know
Chapter 17 New Media and New Economy Cluster Dynamics
Chapter 18 Globalization and the Structure of New Media Industries
Chapter 19 Information Society and Trade and Industry Policy
Chapter 20 The Economics of Information and Industrial Change
Internet Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce?
Chapter 22 Universal Access to the New Information Infrastructure
Policy and Regulation

Access Civic and Community Involvement and Social Interation and Expression
Technology Design and Development
Chapter 8 New Media History
Chapter 9 How to Infrastructure
Users Documents and Systems
Diffusion of Innovations and Social Shaping of Technology Perspectives
New Media and Organizing
Chapter 12 Smart Agents and Organizations of the Future
Chapter 13 New Media and Organizing at the Group Level
Chapter 14 The Social Construction of Technology in Studies of the Workplace
Chapter 15 New Media Implementation and Inductrial Organization
Systems Industries and Markets
New Forms of Governance for Telecommunications and the New Media
the Role of the State in the TwentyFirst Century
the Regulatory Paradigm Shift of Digital Content Reviewed
Citizens versus Consumers
Chapter 27 Labour and New Media
Culture and new media
Chapter 28 Cultural Studies and Technology
Chapter 29 Discursive Displacement and the Seminal Ambiguity of Space and Place
Chapter 30 Power and Political Culture
Chapter 31 Social Relationships and Identity Online and Offline

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Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. With longstanding interests in audiences, policy, citizen values and changes in media environments and infrastructures, she has most recently been focused on digital and online technologies and the opportunities and risks these offer to children and young people in private and public spaces. She has coordinated and led the EU Kids Online project since 2006.

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