Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

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'Community Informatics' is an emergent discipline with a dual focus: the conduct of research about the relationship between the design of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and local communities, as well as the implementation of ICT projects in local communities. While most of the Community Informatics literature focuses on empirical work and its relationship to more technically oriented Information or Management Systems thinking, this book uses a combination of theoretical and case study approaches to explore the relationship between Community Informatics, Social Informatics, and broader social theory. Themes include: social order mediated through ICTs * community and cohesion * class and power * social psychology and technology * the relationship between personal agency and social structure mediated through technology * the nature of institutional or community formations in the age of ICTs.

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Contributors from a number of social sciences add some theoretical perspectives to the growing literature on community informatics, which is the theory and practice of empowering communities with information and communication technologies. They cover Internet use and informal help for surrounding communities in Finland; new technologies, aging, and social well-being in a southern Italian context; studying crisis communication on social media: conceptual patterns and methodological concerns; social movements, social media, and post-disaster resilience: towards an integrated system of local protest; expanding the academic research community--building bridges into society with the Internet; exploring the mobile phone as a legacy of its information and communication technology progenitors; and understanding the use of mobile phones in difficult circumstances. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, International Specialized Book Services,, 2014
ISBN: 9781921867637
1921867639
9781921867620
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Sarrica, Mauro
Stillman, Larry

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