Social and Community Informatics
Humans on the Net
Routledge – 2006 – 266 pages
As a discipline, Informatics has developed over the years from its initial focus on data processing and software development, towards a more recent emphasis on people’s use of technology and its impact on their working and private lives. Gunilla Bradley, an internationally recognized expert in this field, has researched this area for many years and here, authors this indispensable volume on the topic.
Providing a broad and deep analysis of the relationship between people, ICT, society and the environment, Bradley examines the impact on/change in organizations and individuals, both in the workplace and in the home. Taking a firmly humanistic view she also looks to the future as ICT increasingly transforms and impacts on our lives, and explores issues including stress, power, competence and psychosocial communication. She proposes normative research questions for the future and presents actions to achieve the Good ICT society.
This thought-provoking book will be of interest to students and academics studying social informatics, computing and MIS as well as organizational behaviour, sociology, psychology and communications. Research-based and cross-disciplinary, Bradley's book is a valuable, and topical, resource.
'Gunilla Bradley’s unique accomplishments have provided the basis for a book that is informative and engaging, which I recommend for anyone exploring human-computer interaction in depth - going beyond the individual to the social.' - Terry Winograd, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
"Who better than Gunilla Bradley to help us understand the relationship between ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and the changes in the social and psychological environment?…By creating a parallel between her own research, monitoring of the field, and the problems of "Social and Informatics" in space and time, the author provides a unique contribution to this discipline. I personally enjoyed reading this book and learning about Swedish society. I highly recommend reading it. It is useful to everybody and not just HCI professionals." --Abbas Moallem, HCI International Newsletter - March 2008 - Number 28
1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Perspective on the Psychosocial and Organizational Life Environment and ICT 3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – Past Present and Future 4. ICT and Humans – Ongoing Changes in Working Life 5. Home of the Future and ICT – Integration of Professional and Private Roles 6. ICT and Humans – Ongoing Changes in Communities 7. ICT and Psychosocial Communication 8. ICT and Stress 9. From Theory to Actions to Achieve the Good ICT Society – A Tree of Action
Gunilla Bradley is Professor in Informatics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.