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Information Technologies and Social Orders (Communication and Social Order)

Information Technologies and Social Orders (Communication and Social Order)
Author: Carl J. Couch
ISBN 13: 9780202305165
ISBN 10: 202305163
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 1996-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $35.95

The history of human society, as Couch recounts it in his speculative final book, is a history of successive, sometimes overlapping information technologies used to process the varied symbolic representations that inform particular social contexts. Couch departs from earlier “media” theorists who ignored these contexts in order to concentrate on the technologies themselves. Here, instead, he adopts a consistent theory of interpersonal and intergroup relations to depict the essential interface between the technologies and the social contexts. In its review, Contemporary Sociology said, “The volume is full of smart insights and valuable information, a fitting final effort for a scholar of great distinction.”