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Social Informatics Evolving

Old edition Social Informatics Past, Present and Future





Includes bibliographical references (pages 77-90).
1. Introduction
1.1 Social informatics defined
1.2 Evolutionary approach to social informatics
2. Emergence of competing sources of social informatics
3. The evolution of social informatics
3.1 Period of foundational work (1980s)
3.2 Period of expansion (1990s)
3.3 Coherence
3.4 Period of transformation (2006-present)
4. Principles
4.1 Principles from the foundational period (1980s)
4.2 Principles from the period of expansion (1990s)
4.3 Principles from the period of coherence (2000-2005)
4.4 Principles of the transformational period (2005-present)
5. Approaches and methods
5.1 Approaches and methods from the foundational period
5.2 Approaches and methods from the period of expansion
5.3 Approaches from the period of coherence
5.4 Approaches and methods from the transformational period
6. Concepts
6.1 Concepts from the foundational period
6.2 Concepts from the period of expansion
6.3 Concepts from the period of coherence
6.4 Concepts from the transformational period
7. Topics
7.1 Topics from the foundational period
7.2 Topics from the period of expansion
7.3 Topics from the period of coherence
7.4 Topics from the transformational period
8. Findings
8.1 Findings from the foundational period
8.2 Findings from the period of expansion
8.3 Findings from the period of coherence
8.4 Findings from the transformational period
9. Conclusion
Author biographies.
The study of people, information, and communication technologies and the contexts in which these technologies are designed, implemented, and used has long interested scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including the social study of computing, science and technology studies, the sociology of technology, and management information systems. As ICT use has spread from organizations into the larger world, these devices have become routine information appliances in our social lives, researchers have begun to ask deeper and more profound questions about how our lives have become bound up with technologies. A common theme running through this research is that the relationships among people, technology, and context are dynamic, complex, and critically important to understand. This book explores social informatics (SI), one important and dynamic approach that researchers have used to study these complex relationships. SI is "the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information technology that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts" (Kling 1998, p. 52; 1999). SI provides flexible frameworks to explore complex and dynamic socio-technical interactions. As a domain of study related largely by common vocabulary and conclusions, SI critically examines common conceptions of and expectations for technology, by providing contextual evidence.


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