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Materiality and organizingsocial interaction in a technological world

Leonardi, Paul M., Nardi, Bonnie A. and Kallinikos, Jannis, eds. (2012) Materiality and organizingsocial interaction in a technological world. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199664054

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Abstract

- Offers new theoretical perspectives to pave the way for future research - Comprehensive examination of phenomenon of materiality from multiple disciplinary perspectives - Focus on materiality and sociomateriality in study of technology - Contributions from prominent international scholars Ask a person on the street whether new technologies bring about important social change and you are likely to hear a resounding "yes." But the answer is less definitive amongst academics who study technology and social practice. Scholarly writing has been heavily influenced by the ideology of technological determinism - the belief that some types or technologically driven social changes are inevitable and cannot be stopped. Rather than argue for or against notions of determinism, the authors in this book ask how the materiality (the arrangement of physical, digital, or rhetorical materials into particular forms that endure across differences in place and time) of technologies, ranging from computer-simulation tools and social media, to ranking devices and rumours, is actually implicated in the process of formal and informal organizing. The book builds a new theoretical framework to consider the important socio-technical changes confronting people's everyday experiences in and outside of work. Leading scholars in the field contribute original chapters examining the complex interactions between technology and the social, between artefact and humans. The discussion spans multiple disciplines, including management, information systems, informatics, communication, sociology, and the history of technology, and opens up a new area of research regarding the relationship between materiality and organizing.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.oup.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 09:38
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 12:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/47636

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