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Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies (Hardcover): Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane... Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies (Hardcover)
Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent
R2,650 Discovery Miles 26 500 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Migrants and diaspora communities are shaped by their use of information and communication technologies. This book explores the multifaceted role played by new media in the re-location of these groups of people, assisting them in their efforts to defeat nostalgia, construct new communities, and keep connected with their communities of origin. Furthermore, the book analyses the different ways in which migrants contribute, along with natives, in co-constructing contemporary societies ? a process in which the cultures of both groups are considered. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology and linguistics, it offers a more profound understanding of one of the most significant phenomena of contemporary international societies ? the migration of nearly a billion people worldwide - and the relationship between technology and society.

New Technologies In Global Societies (Hardcover): Pui-Lam Law, Leopoldina Fortunati, Shanhua Yang New Technologies In Global Societies (Hardcover)
Pui-Lam Law, Leopoldina Fortunati, Shanhua Yang
R2,351 R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Save R168 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Technological advancements in the West since the last millennium have contributed to global modernity. Technologies set conditions for the closeness of the nation-states and for the affinity of the global and the local. They are also penetrating everyday life, and even sometimes the body, producing radical social changes. Yet, arguing that new technologies bring a new life and a promising future to global societies remains a questionable thesis.This book attempts to explore the relationship between new technologies and global societies, to gain an understanding of how the positive as well as negative influences of technologies bear on global societies, how their practices of use are resisted or re-interpreted by these societies, and how their social meaning is constituted through the process of negotiation with these societies. Part 1 is on science, technology, culture, and the body; Part 2 is on new media and generations, and Part 3 is on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and work.This book has been selected for coverage in:Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (R) (ISSHP (R)/ISI Proceedings)Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP CDROM version/ISI Proceedings)

Social Robots from a Human Perspective (Paperback, 2015 ed.): Jane Vincent, Sakari Taipale, Bartolomeo Sapio, Leopoldina... Social Robots from a Human Perspective (Paperback, 2015 ed.)
Jane Vincent, Sakari Taipale, Bartolomeo Sapio, Leopoldina Fortunati, Giuseppe Lugano
R2,007 R1,584 Discovery Miles 15 840 Save R423 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the human dimension of social robots by discussing both transnational features and national peculiarities. Addressing several issues that explore the human side of social robots, this book investigates what a social robot is and how we might come to think about social robots in the different areas of everyday life. Organized around three sections that deal with Perceptions and Attitudes to Social Robots, Human Interaction with Social Robots, and Social Robots in Everyday Life, it explores the idea that even if the challenges of robot technologies can be overcome from a technological perspective, the question remains as to what kind of machine we want to have and use in our daily lives. Lessons learned from previous widely adopted technologies, such as smartphones, indicate that robot technologies could potentially be absorbed into the everyday lives of humans in such a way that it is the human that determines the human-machine interaction. In a similar way to how today's information and communication technologies were initially designed for professional/industrial use, but were soon commercialized for the mass market and then personalized by humans in the course of daily practice, the use of social robots is now facing the same revolution of `domestication.' In the context of this transformation, which involves the profound embedding of robots in everyday life, the `human' aspect of social robots will play a major part. This book sheds new light on this highly topical issue, one of the central subjects that will be taught and studied at universities worldwide and that will be discussed widely, publicly and repeatedly in the near future.

Everyday Innovators - Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (Hardcover, 2005 ed.): Leslie Haddon, Enid Mante,... Everyday Innovators - Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (Hardcover, 2005 ed.)
Leslie Haddon, Enid Mante, Bartolomeo Sapio, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Leopoldina Fortunati, …
R3,336 R2,626 Discovery Miles 26 260 Save R710 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Everyday Innovators explores the active role of people, collectively and individually, in shaping the use of information and communication technologies. It examines issues around acquiring and using that knowledge of users, how we should conceptualise the role of users and understand the forms and limitations of their participation.

  • To what extent should we think of users as being innovative and creative?
  • To what extent is this routine or exceptional, confined to particular group of users or part of many people 's experience of technologies?
  • Where does the nature of the ICT or the particularities of its design impose constraints on the active role that users can play in their interaction with devices and services?
  • Where do the horizons and orientations of the users influence or limit what they want and expect of their ICTs and how they use them?

This book enables a cross-fertilisation of perspectives from different disciplines and aims to provide new insights into the role of users, drawing out both applied and theoretical implications

Electronic Emotion - The Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies (Paperback, New edition): Jane... Electronic Emotion - The Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies (Paperback, New edition)
Jane Vincent, Leopoldina Fortunati
R1,123 R965 Discovery Miles 9 650 Save R158 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Electronic emotion is the emotion lived, re-lived or discovered through machines. It is the emotion that users of information and communication technologies (ICTs) feel when using or not using different devices. Through ICTs emotion is amplified, shaped, stereotyped and re-invented but at the same time sacrificed. This book addresses a number of questions such as: What does electronic emotion actually mean? How does emotion change when mediated by information and communication technologies? How are the production and the consumption of electronic and mediated emotion articulated? What emotional investment do people express in ICTs? The editors have brought together a distinctive group of scholars from multiple disciplines including social sciences, linguistics and information sciences to discuss and provide some answers to these questions.

Broadband Society and Generational Changes (Hardcover, New edition): Fausto Colombo, Leopoldina Fortunati Broadband Society and Generational Changes (Hardcover, New edition)
Fausto Colombo, Leopoldina Fortunati
R1,132 R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Save R156 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The role generations play in accepting and shaping digital technologies, and possibly vice versa, is an increasingly relevant issue in contemporary society. For the first time in the academic debate, this volume outlines the theoretical issues and explores some results from empirical researches on the relationship between generations and the media in digital society. The first part of the book deals with the theoretical debate on generations, from Mannheim's to the revisiting of some classical notions shaped by disciplines as history, demography, marketing and sociology. The second part gathers a selection of researches at international level, with particular attention to the European context. Though each research used specific methodologies, the main approaches focused on media domestication by young and old generations, and on the comparative analyses of different generations in adopting media.

Interacting with Broadband Society (Hardcover, New edition): Leopoldina Fortunati, Jane Vincent, Julian Gebhardt Interacting with Broadband Society (Hardcover, New edition)
Leopoldina Fortunati, Jane Vincent, Julian Gebhardt
R1,234 R1,057 Discovery Miles 10 570 Save R177 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book discusses the personal and social lives of e-actors interacting within the socio-technical structures of the evolving broadband society by exploring the different ways in which individuals, social groups, institutions, operators, manufactures, policy makers, designers and other parties contribute to human communication and social interaction in contemporary media societies. The volume covers four theoretical and empirical areas of research: the conceptual perspectives of e-actors, the emergence of new forms of agency, subjectivity, and mediated interpersonal communication, the everyday life experiences of e-actors, and finally the shaping policies and regulations in the broadband society.

Everyday Innovators - Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005):... Everyday Innovators - Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005)
Leslie Haddon, Enid Mante, Bartolomeo Sapio, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Leopoldina Fortunati, …
R2,711 R2,568 Discovery Miles 25 680 Save R143 (5%) Out of stock

Everyday Innovators explores the active role of people, collectively and individually, in shaping the use of information and communication technologies. It examines issues around acquiring and using that knowledge of users, how we should conceptualise the role of users and understand the forms and limitations of their participation.

  • To what extent should we think of users as being innovative and creative?
  • To what extent is this routine or exceptional, confined to particular group of users or part of many people s experience of technologies?
  • Where does the nature of the ICT or the particularities of its design impose constraints on the active role that users can play in their interaction with devices and services?
  • Where do the horizons and orientations of the users influence or limit what they want and expect of their ICTs and how they use them?

This book enables a cross-fertilisation of perspectives from different disciplines and aims to provide new insights into the role of users, drawing out both applied and theoretical implications"

The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Communication and Society (Hardcover): Rich Ling, Leopoldina Fortunati, Gerard Goggin, Sun Sun... The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Communication and Society (Hardcover)
Rich Ling, Leopoldina Fortunati, Gerard Goggin, Sun Sun Lim, Yuling Li
R2,602 Discovery Miles 26 020 Out of stock
Mobile Communication and Greater China (Paperback): Rodney Wai-Chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Pui-Lam Law, Shanhua Yang Mobile Communication and Greater China (Paperback)
Rodney Wai-Chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Pui-Lam Law, Shanhua Yang
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Out of stock

This edited volume is the first book-length study focusing entirely on mobile phone use in China. Drawing on examples from a wide range of contemporary situations in China and beyond, the contributors argue that the mobile phone is in fact an important means by which one can understand a rapidly changing China, and the developing culture of mobile phone usage reflects both the cultural norms and struggle of the people. Through a theoretical comparison of usage in the West and in China, the editors assert the uniqueness of China's experience, highlighting that Chinese society is being exposed simultaneously to a rapid process of industrialization and cyberization. The contributors maintain that such density of experience under a compressed period combined with a thick cultural heritage and a country still under a dictating rule provides a unique situation and offers deep insights into Chinese culture in general. This work will be of great interest to all students and scholars of Asian communication studies, ICT and Chinese culture and society.

Understanding Creative Users of ICTs - Users as Social Actors (Paperback): David Kurt Herold, Harmeet Sawhney, Leopoldina... Understanding Creative Users of ICTs - Users as Social Actors (Paperback)
David Kurt Herold, Harmeet Sawhney, Leopoldina Fortunati
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Out of stock

The disjuncture between the design intent of the developers of ICTs and the needs of the users has often led to surprising use of new technologies, as users have refused to become mere agents of the designers. Individual users have adopted their own uses of ICTs based on the complex webs of relations and meanings in which they function as social actors. Instead of adjusting these webs to new ICTs, they have fit the ICTs into their pre-existing social webs, often resulting in imaginative and creative uses of new technologies, not envisaged by the original designers. The contributions in this volume provide studies of such integrations of ICTs into the lives of human users, and demonstrate that such uses should not be regarded as 'faulty' or 'mistaken', merely because they 'fail' to meet the expectations of the original designers of the ICTs. Instead, human users should be given precedence over ICTs, and the creative uses of 'universal' technologies by individual users should be emphasised and studied, so as to move towards a better understanding and appreciation of the integration of ICTs into human lives. This book was originally published as special issue of The Information Society.

Mediating the Human Body - Technology, Communication, and Fashion (Hardcover, New): Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz,... Mediating the Human Body - Technology, Communication, and Fashion (Hardcover, New)
Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, Raimonda Riccini
R1,913 Discovery Miles 19 130 Out of stock

The ever-increasing integration of technology and the human body is attracting attention from religious, business, and political leaders around the world, and the topic promises to be a significant social issue in the 21st century. In Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion, editors Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, and Raimonda Riccini bring together a thoughtful group of leading international scholars and analysts to explore the effects of new technologies on human beings. They focus specifically on the intersection of new communication technologies and the body, and offer novel insights based on recent theoretical progress and current research on new interpersonal technology. Through literary analysis, historical comparisons, analytical reports, and speculative interpretations, the contributors to this volume seek to understand the experience of the body as it is mediated among competing forces and intellectual domains. Arising from The Human Body Between Technologies, Communication and Fashion symposium held in Milan, Italy, contributions cover a wide array of topics and offer varied perspectives on how communication technologies are assimilated into people's lives, bodies, and homes, and thus become part of individuals' self-images and social relationships. From this multidisciplinary, multi-national base, the volume illuminates the sense and dimension of this interpenetration between body and technology. In its broad scope, the topics range from the wellsprings of consciousness to the use of technology as a fashion statement. Bringing together scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including communication, medicine, technology, and human-computer interaction, this distinctive anthology will provide new insights to scholars and advanced students exploring body-technology intersections and the attendant implications. Mediating the Human Body offers a unique contribution to future discussions, and will be relevant to continuing study and research in communication and technology, human-computer interaction, gender studies, social psychology, and design.

Mediating the Human Body - Technology, Communication, and Fashion (Paperback, New): Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz,... Mediating the Human Body - Technology, Communication, and Fashion (Paperback, New)
Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, Raimonda Riccini
R862 Discovery Miles 8 620 Out of stock

The ever-increasing integration of technology and the human body is attracting attention from religious, business, and political leaders around the world, and the topic promises to be a significant social issue in the 21st century. In Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion, editors Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, and Raimonda Riccini bring together a thoughtful group of leading international scholars and analysts to explore the effects of new technologies on human beings. They focus specifically on the intersection of new communication technologies and the body, and offer novel insights based on recent theoretical progress and current research on new interpersonal technology. Through literary analysis, historical comparisons, analytical reports, and speculative interpretations, the contributors to this volume seek to understand the experience of the body as it is mediated among competing forces and intellectual domains. Arising from The Human Body Between Technologies, Communication and Fashion symposium held in Milan, Italy, contributions cover a wide array of topics and offer varied perspectives on how communication technologies are assimilated into people's lives, bodies, and homes, and thus become part of individuals' self-images and social relationships. From this multidisciplinary, multi-national base, the volume illuminates the sense and dimension of this interpenetration between body and technology. In its broad scope, the topics range from the wellsprings of consciousness to the use of technology as a fashion statement. Bringing together scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including communication, medicine, technology, and human-computer interaction, this distinctive anthology will provide new insights to scholars and advanced students exploring body-technology intersections and the attendant implications. Mediating the Human Body offers a unique contribution to future discussions, and will be relevant to continuing study and research in communication and technology, human-computer interaction, gender studies, social psychology, and design.

Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies (Paperback): Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane... Migration, Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies (Paperback)
Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent
R1,054 Discovery Miles 10 540 Out of stock

Migrants and diaspora communities are shaped by their use of information and communication technologies. This book explores the multifaceted role played by new media in the re-location of these groups of people, assisting them in their efforts to defeat nostalgia, construct new communities, and keep connected with their communities of origin. Furthermore, the book analyses the different ways in which migrants contribute, along with natives, in co-constructing contemporary societies - a process in which the cultures of both groups are considered. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology and linguistics, it offers a more profound understanding of one of the most significant phenomena of contemporary international societies - the migration of nearly a billion people worldwide - and the relationship between technology and society.

Mobile Communication and Greater China (Hardcover): Rodney Wai-Chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Pui-Lam Law, Shanhua Yang Mobile Communication and Greater China (Hardcover)
Rodney Wai-Chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Pui-Lam Law, Shanhua Yang
R2,786 Discovery Miles 27 860 Out of stock

This edited volume is the first book-length study focusing entirely on mobile phone use in China. Drawing on examples from a wide range of contemporary situations in China and beyond, the contributors argue that the mobile phone is in fact an important means by which one can understand a rapidly changing China, and the developing culture of mobile phone usage reflects both the cultural norms and struggle of the people.

Through a theoretical comparison of usage in the West and in China, the editors assert the uniqueness of China 's experience, highlighting that Chinese society is being exposed simultaneously to a rapid process of industrialization and cyberization. The contributors maintain that such density of experience under a compressed period combined with a thick cultural heritage and a country still under a dictating rule provides a unique situation and offers deep insights into Chinese culture in general.

This work will be of great interest to all students and scholars of Asian communication studies, ICT and Chinese culture and society.

Understanding Creative Users of ICTs - Users as Social Actors (Hardcover): David Kurt Herold, Sawhney Harmeet, Leopoldina... Understanding Creative Users of ICTs - Users as Social Actors (Hardcover)
David Kurt Herold, Sawhney Harmeet, Leopoldina Fortunati
R2,678 Discovery Miles 26 780 Out of stock

The disjuncture between the design intent of the developers of ICTs and the needs of the users has often led to surprising use of new technologies, as users have refused to become mere agents of the designers. Individual users have adopted their own uses of ICTs based on the complex webs of relations and meanings in which they function as social actors. Instead of adjusting these webs to new ICTs, they have fit the ICTs into their pre-existing social webs, often resulting in imaginative and creative uses of new technologies, not envisaged by the original designers. The contributions in this volume provide studies of such integrations of ICTs into the lives of human users, and demonstrate that such uses should not be regarded as 'faulty' or 'mistaken', merely because they 'fail' to meet the expectations of the original designers of the ICTs. Instead, human users should be given precedence over ICTs, and the creative uses of 'universal' technologies by individual users should be emphasised and studied, so as to move towards a better understanding and appreciation of the integration of ICTs into human lives. This book was originally published as special issue of The Information Society.

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