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The Internet in Everyday Life (The Information Age)

   by Barry Wellman / Caroline Haythornthwaite

    Blackwell Publishers
    01 December, 2002


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The real world of the Internet -- from the Co-Editor, January 18, 2003
[Note: For some reason, another "reviewer" from Troy NY mad the dispariging comment, "Shouldn't the editor identify himself in a review?" But, I did and continue to do so, in the title of this little statement. My "review" is really a guide + a Table of Contents) to what the book is about. So I don't understand this person's comment. BW]

The guide and TOC start here>

_The Internet in Everyday Life_ is about the second age of the Internet as it descends from the firmament and becomes embedded in everyday life. The first age of the Internet was a bright light shining above everyday concerns. In the euphoria, many analysts lost their perspective. The rapid contraction of the economy has brought down to earth the once-euphoric belief in the infinite possibility of Internet life.

It is not as if the Internet disappeared. Instead, the light that dazzled overhead has become embedded in everyday things. A reality check is now underway about where the Internet fits into the ways in which people behave offline as well as online. We are moving from a world of Internet wizards to a world of ordinary people routinely using the Internet as an embedded part of their lives. It has become clear that the Internet is a very important thing, but not a special thing. It is being used more -by more people, in more countries, in more ways.

This book is a harbinger of a new way of thinking about the Internet: not as a special system but as routinely incorporated into everyday life. The studies presented here begin the tasks of broadening our focus from the Internet to the social worlds in which it is embroiled.

The research in this book focuses on the relationship between the Internet and interpersonal relationships. It speaks to issues about the social consequences of adding the Internet to our daily lives. It explores how the Internet affects social and communal behaviors. The studies address key questions about the impact of the Internet on friendships, civic involvement, and time spent with others.
Who is online and who is coming online (and not coming)?
How much time do they spend online?
How does the Internet affect relationships within households, and with amily, friends, voluntary organizations, schoolmates, and workmates?

The research presented suggests that the Internet has accentuated a change towards a networked society: a turn toward living in networks rather than in groups. The personalization, portability, ubiquitous connectivity, and imminent wireless mobility of the Internet all facilitate networked individualism as the basis of community.

Table of Contents:

The Virtual Community in the Real World, by Howard Rheingold

The Internet and the Network Society, by Manuel Castells

Part I - Moving the Internet out of Cyberspace

The Internet in Everyday Life: An Introduction, by Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman

Part II - The Place of the Internet in Everyday Life

1. Days and Nights on the Internet, by Philip E. N. Howard, Lee Rainie, and Steve Jones

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

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

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

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

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

Part III - Finding Time for the Internet

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

8. The Internet and Other Uses of Time, by John P. Robinson, Meyer Kestnbaum, Alan Neustadtl, and Anthony S. Alvarez

9. Everyday Communication Patters of Heavy and Light Email Users, Janell I. Copher, Alaina G. 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, by Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman, with James C. Witte and Keith N. Hampton

11. The Impact of Community Computer Networks on Social Capital and Community Involvement in Blacksburg, Andrea L. Kavanaugh and Scott J. Patterson

12. The Not So Global Village of Netville, Keith N. Hampton and Barry Wellman

13. Email, Gender, and Personal Relationships, Bonka Boneva and Robert Kraut

14. Belonging in Geographic, Ethnic and Internet Spaces, Sorin Matei and Sandra J. 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, by Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle M. Kazmer

16. Where Home is the Office: The New Form of Flexible Work, by Janet W. Salaff

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

18. Social Support for Japanese Mothers Online and Offline, by Kakuko Miyata

19. Experience and Trust in Online Shopping, by Robert J. Lunn and Michael W. Suman

Use of Internet for Non-business and non-workplace Scenarios, December 23, 2004
The comment on editor (using the reviewer's sacred space) is not out of place. Amazon has a different logic to treat people. In the previous incarnation had an option for author's to comment. Now, I presume, it is turned into Guide. and have differences in this regard, and in the ultimate this strategy (of sorts) hurts the authors, reviewers, commentators, etc.

Internet in Everyday Life is a kind of book that I could lay my hands, on the very day it appeared in the market.

--- Comments forthcoming --- I will be back soon and give a full picture of the book, its structure, approach and value for the every day life.

Shouldn't the editor identify himself in a review?, February 21, 2003
I'm sure this is a good book but I'd like to see truth in advertising!

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