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Social informatics and the political economy of communications

Mansell, Robin (2005) Social informatics and the political economy of communications. Information Technology and People, 18 (1). pp. 21-25. ISSN 0959-3845

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Purpose – There is a need to understand both theoretically and empirically the dominant guiding principles that are becoming embedded in people's technologically mediated interactions and what the alternatives may be. Aims to provide an evaluation of the work of Rob Kling in helping to find guidance on these issues. Design/methodology/approach – The paper combines narrative with argument and analysis. Findings – How people communicate in different organisational contexts is informed by the way meanings are created (in this study, contractual understandings to supply material goods) and how various processes can be made to work in both offline and online environments. The results of this study illustrate one of Rob Kling's dictums: the social context of information and communication technologies (ICT) development matters. Originality/value – Provides a contribution to the literature on Kling's work on social informatics.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing
Library of Congress subject classification: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2008

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