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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)

New Connectivities in China - Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions (Hardcover, 2012): Pui-Lam Law New Connectivities in China - Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions (Hardcover, 2012)
Pui-Lam Law
R2,688 R2,059 Discovery Miles 20 590 Save R629 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The fast diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China has brought forth new forms of connection among the Chinese and has changed their social lives. Virtual networks have been developed and in turn have led to the formation of networks in the actual world. This collection explores the resultant complications in the relationship between virtual, actual, and local interactions. It discusses various aspects of the implications of the new connectivities on these three types of interactions in China. The topics examined include: the possibility of the development of civil society in China, the implications for the migrant workers in the south, the challenge posed to the traditional social order, and the relationship between the new connectivities and the Chinese social context.

New Connectivities in China - Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions (Paperback, 2012 ed.): Pui-Lam Law New Connectivities in China - Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
Pui-Lam Law
R2,613 R2,476 Discovery Miles 24 760 Save R137 (5%) Out of stock

The fast diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China has brought forth new forms of connection among the Chinese and has changed their social lives. Virtual networks have been developed and in turn have led to the formation of networks in the actual world. This collection explores the resultant complications in the relationship between virtual, actual, and local interactions. It discusses various aspects of the implications of the new connectivities on these three types of interactions in China. The topics examined include: the possibility of the development of civil society in China, the implications for the migrant workers in the south, the challenge posed to the traditional social order, and the relationship between the new connectivities and the Chinese social context.

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.

Marriage, Gender and Sex in a Contemporary Chinese Village (Hardcover): Sun-Pong Yuen, Pui-Lam Law, Yuk-Ying Ho, Fong-Ying Yu Marriage, Gender and Sex in a Contemporary Chinese Village (Hardcover)
Sun-Pong Yuen, Pui-Lam Law, Yuk-Ying Ho, Fong-Ying Yu
R2,246 Discovery Miles 22 460 Out of stock

This book explores changing concepts of marriage and gender relationships and attitudes toward sex in a rural Chinese community over the past five decades. The book is based on a study of an industrialized peasant village in Guangdong Province from 1994 to 1996 and subsequent visits from 2000 to 2002. According to the authors, the rural economic reforms of the 1980s in southern China have challenged and reinforced the deep structure of Chinese familism and this has lead to tensions between tradition and modernity. The first section of the book explores how attitudes toward marriage and courtship have changed over the past fifty years through personal accounts of three different marriages from different generations. In Part II, the transition from a traditional to a modern society is discussed from the perspective of several women from different generations. The third section focuses on sexual relationships and the growing sex trade in the village. Part IV includes updates to the original survey and takes a look at village politics.

Marriage, Gender and Sex in a Contemporary Chinese Village (Paperback): Sun-Pong Yuen, Pui-Lam Law, Yuk-Ying Ho, Fong-Ying Yu Marriage, Gender and Sex in a Contemporary Chinese Village (Paperback)
Sun-Pong Yuen, Pui-Lam Law, Yuk-Ying Ho, Fong-Ying Yu
R903 Discovery Miles 9 030 Out of stock

This book explores changing concepts of marriage and gender relationships and attitudes toward sex in a rural Chinese community over the past five decades. The book is based on a study of an industrialized peasant village in Guangdong Province from 1994 to 1996 and subsequent visits from 2000 to 2002. According to the authors, the rural economic reforms of the 1980s in southern China have challenged and reinforced the deep structure of Chinese familism and this has lead to tensions between tradition and modernity. The first section of the book explores how attitudes toward marriage and courtship have changed over the past fifty years through personal accounts of three different marriages from different generations. In Part II, the transition from a traditional to a modern society is discussed from the perspective of several women from different generations. The third section focuses on sexual relationships and the growing sex trade in the village. Part IV includes updates to the original survey and takes a look at village politics.

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.

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