ICT and the Shaping of Society: Exploring Human -ICT Relationships in Everyday Life (summary section only)

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Title: ICT and the Shaping of Society: Exploring Human -ICT Relationships in Everyday Life (summary section only)
Author: Gripenberg, Pernilla
Contributor: Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Belongs to series: Economics and Society - 144
ISBN: 951-555-874-3
Abstract: This thesis explores the relationship between humans and ICTs (information and communication technologies). As ICTs are increasingly penetrating all spheres of social life, their role as mediators – between people, between people and information, and even between people and the natural world – is expanding, and they are increasingly shaping social life. Yet, we still know little of how our life is affected by their growing role. Our understanding of the actors and forces driving the accelerating adoption of new ICTs in all areas of life is also fairly limited. This thesis addresses these problems by interpretively exploring the link between ICTs and the shaping of society at home, in the office, and in the community.

The thesis builds on empirical material gathered in three research projects, presented in four separate essays. The first project explores computerized office work through a case study. The second is a regional development project aiming at increasing ICT knowledge and use in 50 small-town families. In the third, the second project is compared to three other longitudinal development projects funded by the European Union. Using theories that consider the human-ICT relationship as intertwined, the thesis provides a multifaceted description of life with ICTs in contemporary information society.

By oscillating between empirical and theoretical investigations and balancing between determinist and constructivist conceptualisations of the human-ICT relationship, I construct a dialectical theoretical framework that can be used for studying socio-technical contexts in society. This framework helps us see how societal change stems from the complex social processes that surround routine everyday actions. For example, interacting with and through ICTs may change individuals’ perceptions of time and space, social roles, and the proper ways to communicate – changes which at some point in time result in societal change in terms of, for example, new ways of acting and knowing things.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10227/115
URN:ISBN:951-555-874-3
Date: 2005-04-13
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