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The Internet in Everyday Life. Information Age Series

  • ID: 2248086
  • Book
  • November 2002
  • Region: Global
  • 624 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Internet in Everyday Life brings together many pioneering studies that systematically investigate how being online fits into everyday lives. Until now, the Internet has been treated and discussed as detached from daily life, occupying some separate sphere of social endeavor. This collection of original articles from leading scholars in North America, Asia, and Europe moves discussion of the Internet closer to home, showing how the Internet does not exist "out there" but is instead an integral part of daily work and home life.

Contributors show who is on the Internet and what they are doing there. They debate whether the Internet adds to or detracts from the well–being of individuals, communities, and societies. They demonstrate how the Internet affects friendship, social capital, social support, civic involvement, school, work, and shopping. They reveal the extent to which the Internet is supporting new forms of human relationships, and describe what gets dropped and strained when Internet hours are added to already full schedules.

The book goes beyond speculation to provide solid findings. Articles are informed by results from surveys, interviews, and ethnographic data about behavior on and with the Internet. Taken as a whole, this considered body of evidence should raise the level of debate about the impact of the Internet and raises serious questions about the popular myth that Internet use increases social alienation.

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Foreword: The Virtual Community in the Real World. (Howard Rheingold).

Series Editor′s Preface: The Internet and the Network Society . (Manuel Castells).

Introduction: The Internet in Everyday Life. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part I: Moving The Internet Out Of Cyberspace.

The internet in Everyday Life: An Introduction. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part II: The Place Of The Internet In Everyday Life.

1. Days and Nights on the Internet. (Philip Howard, Lee Rainie, and Steve Jones).

2 The Global Villagers: Comparing Internet Users and Uses Around the World. (Wenhong Chen, Jeffrey Boase and Barry Wellman).

3 Syntopia: Access, Civic Involvement and Social Interaction on the Net. (James Katz and Ronald Rice).

4 Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet in Everyday British Life. (Ben Anderson and Karina Tracey).

5 The Changing Digital Divide in Germany. (Gert Wagner, Rainer Pischner and John Haisken–DeNew).

6 Doing Social Science Research Online . (Alan Neustadtl, John Robinson and Meyer Kestnbaum).

Part III: Finding Time For The Internet.

7 Internet Use, Interpersonal Relations and Sociability: A Time Diary Study. (Norman Nie, D. Sunshine Hillygus and Lutz Erbring).

8 The Internet and Other Uses of Time. (John Robinson, Meyer Kestnbaum, Alan Neustadtl and Anthony Alvarez).

9 Everyday Communication Patterns of Heavy and Light Email Users. (Janell Copher, Alaina Kanfer and Mary Bea Walker).

Part IV: The Internet In The Community.

10 Capitalizing on the Net: Social Contact, Civic Engagement and Sense of Community. (Anabel Quan–Haase and Barry Wellman).

11 The Impact of Computer Networks on Social Capital and Community Involvement in Blacksburg. (Andrea Kavanaugh and Scott Patterson).

12 The Not So Global Village of Netville. (Keith Hampton and Barry Wellman).

13 Gender and Personal Relationships in HomeNet. (Bonka Boneva and Robert Kraut).

14 Belonging in Geographic, Ethnic and Internet Spaces. (Sorin Matei and Sandra Ball–Rokeach).

Part V: The Internet At School, Work And Home.

15 Bringing the Internet Home: Adult distance learners and their Internet, Home and Work worlds. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle Kazmer).

16 Where Home is the Office: The New Form of Flexible Work. (Janet Salaff).

17 Kerala Connections: Will the Internet Affect Science in Developing Areas?. (Teresa Davidson, R. Sooryamoorthy and Wesley Shrum).

18 Social Support for Japanese Mothers Online and Offline . (Kakuko Miyata).

19 Shopping Behavior Online. (Robert Lunn and Michael Suman).


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Barry Wellman
Caroline Haythornthwaite
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