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Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems. John Wiley Series in Information Systems

  • ID: 2209706
  • Book
  • June 2004
  • 472 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
In recent years information systems has evolved from a discipline based primarily on positivist, statistically–oriented research into a more pluralist discipline that allows debates about research methodologies; consideration of a range of social theories and philosophies; and more critical analyses and understandings of alternative approaches.

This book has the intention of broadening research within the IS field. It collects together into one volume new critical assessments of major social theorists, philosophers and currents of thought. Detailed coverage is given to: functionalism and neo–functionalism, phenomenology (Husserl and Heidegger), critical theory (Adorno and Habermas), hermeneutics, Foucault, Giddens, actor network theory, social shaping of technology, critical realism and complexity theory. The book provides a vital, accessible and critically authoritative narrative on the relevance of these modes of thinking to information systems research.

Contributors include:

Debra Howcroft, Minh Q. Huynh, Fernando M. Ilharco, Lucas D. Introna, Matthew Jones, Heinz K. Klein, Allen S. Lee, M. Lynne Markus, Yasmin Merali, John Mingers, Nathalie Mitev, Kamal Munir, Michael D. Myers, Wanda Orlikowski, Stephen K. Probert, Leslie P. Willcocks, Melanie Wilson.

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List of Contributors.

Series Preface.


1. Thinking about Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (Allen S. Lee).

2. Fit for Function: Functionalism, Neofunctionalism and Information Systems (M. Lynne Markus).

3. Phenomenology, Screens, and the World: A Journey with Husserl and Heidegger into Phenomenology (Lucas D. Introna and Fernando M. Ilharco).

4. Hermeneutics in Information Systems Research (Michael D. Myers).

5. Adorno: A Critical Theory for IS Research (Stephen K. Probert).

6. The Critical Social Theory of J ¨ urgen Habermas and its Implications for IS Research (Heinz K. Klein and Minh Q. Huynh).

7. Foucault, Power/Knowledge and Information Systems: Reconstructing the Present (Leslie P. Willcocks).

8. Structuration Theory and Information Systems: A Critical Reappraisal (Matthew Jones, Wanda Orlikowski and Kamal Munir).

9. WhatWe May Learn from the Social Shaping of Technology Approach (Debra Howcroft, Nathalie Mitev and Melanie Wilson).

10. Re–establishing the Real: Critical Realism and Information Systems (John Mingers).

11. Complexity and Information Systems (Yasmin Merali).


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"...I would highly recommend that all libraries...acquire a copy of this book..." (Journal of the Operational Research Society, No 57, 2006)
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