Investigating the Information Society

Mackay, Hugh; Maples, Wendy and Reynolds, Paul (2002). Investigating the Information Society. London, UK: Routledge.



Investigating the Information Society is a lively and accessible text that introduces debates and data on the information society and, at the same time, issues and principles of social research.

It outlines the discourse and theories of the information society, and especially the work of Daniel Bell and Manuel Castells. It also introduces the nature of social science research, exploring the intersection of theory, data and the reflexive researcher. Core qualitative and quantitative research methods are outlined, and criteria for evaluating social science research are introduced and applied to studies of the information society.

The book draws on a rich body of empirical work to explore three core themes of information society debates: the growth of culture, changing patterns of work and inequality, and the reconfiguration of time and space. In exploring these, the reader is introduced to the practicalities of doing social research and the nature of social science argument and understanding. The book will be invaluable as an introduction to social research methods, or for anyone wanting to make sense of the information society.

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