The Evolution of Social Informatics Research (1984-2013): Challenges and Opportunities

Sanfillippo, Madelyn and Fichman, Pnina . The Evolution of Social Informatics Research (1984-2013): Challenges and Opportunities., 2013 In: Social Informatics: Past, Present and Future. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (In Press) [Book chapter]

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This chapter discusses the changes and growth experienced in the domain of social informatics research. Social informatics has grown from a small group of researchers seeking to reject technological determinism to a broad and interdisciplinary area of research in which the interactions between social and technical variables are considered in a variety of contexts. Four primary periods are identified and defined, including: foundational work, development and expansion, coherence and cooperation, and diversification. Significant concepts and findings are discussed, as well as the tensions within the field and their implications for the future.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: social aspects of technology, social informatics, social determinism, technological determinism, Rob Kling
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AB. Information theory and library theory.
B. Information use and sociology of information
G. Industry, profession and education. > GA. Information industry.
Depositing user: Amanda Ferrara
Date deposited: 07 Oct 2013 15:41
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:28
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/20331

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