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Internet Studies has been one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary fields to emerge over the last decade. The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies provides a valuable resource for academics and students in this area, bringing together leading scholarly perspectives on how the Internet has been studied with views of how the research agenda should be pursued in the future. Topics covered include social perspectives on the technology ofthe Internet, its role in everyday life and work, implications for communication, power, and influence, and the governance and regulation of the Internet. The Handbook is a landmark in this new interdisciplinary field.
William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, Bill was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he continues an affiliation as Emeritus Professor. In the UK, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar, then National Director of the UK's Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT), and founding director of the OII during its first decade (2002-2011), for which he was awarded a lifetime achievement award. He has authored or edited a number of influential books on the social dynamics of the Internet and related information and communication technologies, including Society on the Line (OUP 1999).
Table of Contents
Perspectives on the Internet and Web as Objects of Study
The Prehistory of the Internet and Its Traces in the Present: Implications for Defining the Field
Society on the Web
The Internet as an Infrastructure
Living in a Network Society
Network Societies and Internet Studies: Rethinking Time, Space, and Class
Sociality through Social Network Sites
The Study of Online Relationships and Dating
Games, Online and Off
Cross-National Comparative Perspectives from the World Internet Project
Creating and Working in a Global Network Economy
New Businesses and New Business Models
Trust in Commercial and Personal Transactions in the Digital Age
Government and the Internet e-Government
Digital Transformations of Scholarship and Knowledge
Studies of the Internet in Learning and Education: Broadening the Disciplinary Landscape of Research
Communication, Power, and Influence in a Converging Media World
Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Communication and the Internet
Tradition and Transformation in Online News Production and Consumption
The Internet in Campaigns and Elections
Democracy and the Internet
Governing and Regulating the Internet
Analysing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions
File-Sharing and Beyond: Cultural, Legal, Technical and Economic Perspectives on the Future of Copyright Online
Privacy and Surveillance: The Multi-Disciplinary Literature on the Capture, Use, and Disclosure of Personal information in Cyberspace
Digital Infrastructures, Economies, and Public Policies: Contending Rationales and Outcome Assessment Strategies
The Internet and Development
The Emerging Field of Internet Governance
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