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The Internet in Everyday Life

The Internet in Everyday Life

Barry Wellman (Editor), Caroline Haythornthwaite (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-77738-1

Apr 2008

624 pages

$128.99

Description

The Internet in Everyday Life is the first book to systematically investigate how being online fits into people's everyday lives.



  • Opens up a new line of inquiry into the social effects of the Internet.

  • Focuses on how the Internet fits into everyday lives, rather than considering it as an alternate world.

  • Chapters are contributed by leading researchers in the area.

  • Studies are based on empirical data.

  • Talks about the reality of being online now, not hopes or fears about the future effects of the Internet.
List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Foreword: The Virtual Community in the Real World. (Howard Rheingold).

Series Editor's Preface: The Internet and the Network Society . (Manuel Castells).

Introduction: The Internet in Everyday Life. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part I: Moving The Internet Out Of Cyberspace.

The internet in Everyday Life: An Introduction. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman).

Part II: The Place Of The Internet In Everyday Life.

1. Days and Nights on the Internet. (Philip Howard, Lee Rainie, and Steve Jones).

2 The Global Villagers: Comparing Internet Users and Uses Around the World. (Wenhong Chen, Jeffrey Boase and Barry Wellman).

3 Syntopia: Access, Civic Involvement and Social Interaction on the Net. (James Katz and Ronald Rice).

4 Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet in Everyday British Life. (Ben Anderson and Karina Tracey).

5 The Changing Digital Divide in Germany. (Gert Wagner, Rainer Pischner and John Haisken-DeNew).

6 Doing Social Science Research Online . (Alan Neustadtl, John Robinson and Meyer Kestnbaum).

Part III: Finding Time For The Internet.

7 Internet Use, Interpersonal Relations and Sociability: A Time Diary Study. (Norman Nie, D. Sunshine Hillygus and Lutz Erbring).

8 The Internet and Other Uses of Time. (John Robinson, Meyer Kestnbaum, Alan Neustadtl and Anthony Alvarez).

9 Everyday Communication Patterns of Heavy and Light Email Users. (Janell Copher, Alaina Kanfer and Mary Bea Walker).

Part IV: The Internet In The Community.

10 Capitalizing on the Net: Social Contact, Civic Engagement and Sense of Community. (Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman).

11 The Impact of Computer Networks on Social Capital and Community Involvement in Blacksburg. (Andrea Kavanaugh and Scott Patterson).

12 The Not So Global Village of Netville. (Keith Hampton and Barry Wellman).

13 Gender and Personal Relationships in HomeNet. (Bonka Boneva and Robert Kraut).

14 Belonging in Geographic, Ethnic and Internet Spaces. (Sorin Matei and Sandra Ball-Rokeach).

Part V: The Internet At School, Work And Home.

15 Bringing the Internet Home: Adult distance learners and their Internet, Home and Work worlds. (Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle Kazmer).

16 Where Home is the Office: The New Form of Flexible Work. (Janet Salaff).

17 Kerala Connections: Will the Internet Affect Science in Developing Areas?. (Teresa Davidson, R. Sooryamoorthy and Wesley Shrum).

18 Social Support for Japanese Mothers Online and Offline . (Kakuko Miyata).

19 Shopping Behavior Online. (Robert Lunn and Michael Suman).

Index

""Wellman is to be congratulated for pulling together a collection of excellent articles that will make a valuable contribution to empirically grounding discussions about the effects of the Internet on our everyday life experiences."" Communication & Society

""Its breadth, depth and empiricism make for an immensely impressive collection which is likely to influence the field of internet studies for years to come"" New Media and Society

""Work like that done in The Internet in Everyday Life is invaluable in helping us see and understand the technological world in which we are immersed. As such, it makes a major contribution to our discipline and our society."" Contemporary Sociology

""A powerful collective statement both about the domestication of the Internet in everyday life and about the need for new kinds of questions and methodologies in the next generation of Internet studies."" Social Forces


  • Opens up a new line of inquiry into the social effects of the Internet.

  • Focuses on how the Internet fits into everyday lives, rather than considering it as an alternate world.

  • Chapters are contributed by leading researchers in the area.

  • Studies are based on empirical data.

  • Talks about the reality of being online now, not hopes or fears about the future effects of the Internet.