Technically Together

Reconstructing Community in a Networked World
MIT Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 21. Juli 2017
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  • 328 Seiten
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978-0-262-34086-1 (ISBN)
If social interaction by social media has become 'the modern front porch' (as one sociologist argues), offering richer and more various contexts for community and personal connection, why do we often feel lonelier after checking Facebook? For one thing, as Taylor Dotson writes in Technically Together, 'Try getting a Facebook status update to help move a couch or stay for dinner.' Dotson argues that the experts who assure us that 'networked individualism' will only bring us closer together seem to be urging citizens to adapt their social expectations to the current limits of technology and discouraging them from considering how technologies could be refashioned to enable other ways of relating and belonging.Dotson characterizes different instantiations of community as 'thick' or 'thin,' depending on the facets and manifestations of togetherness that they encompass. Individuating social networks are a form of community, he explains, but relatively thin in regard to several dimensions of communality.Dotson points out that current technological practices are not foreordained but supported by policies, economic arrangements, and entrenched patterns of thought. He examines a range of systems, organizations, and infrastructures -- from suburban sprawl and smartphones to energy grids and 'cry-it-out' sleep training for infants -- and considers whether they contribute to the atomization of social life or to togetherness and community vibrancy. Dotson argues that technology could support multifaceted communities if citizens stopped accepting the technological status quo and instead demanded more from their ever-present devices.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge
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  • USA
978-0-262-34086-1 (9780262340861)
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  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1 The Question Concerning Technology and Community
  • The Community Question
  • Beyond Networked Individualism
  • Why the Individuation of Social Life Matters
  • Whither Technology Studies?
  • Preview
  • Caveats
  • 2 The Politics of Networked Individualism
  • The Winners and Losers of Networked Individualization
  • The Naturalization of Networked Individualism
  • Reverse Adaptation as a Partisan Position
  • 3 From Thick to Thin: The Seven Dimensions of Communality
  • Community as Webs of Social Ties
  • Community as Relational Exchanges and Social Support
  • Talk
  • The Symbolic and Psychological Sense of Community
  • Communal Economics
  • Political Community and Communal Justice
  • Community as a Shared Moral Order
  • 4 Suburban Networks and Urban Villages: Community and the Built Environment
  • Urban Form, the Geography of Ties, and Public Sociability
  • Destinations, Economies, and Social Capital
  • Other Scales of Urban Community, Governance, and Conflict
  • 5 Infrastructures and Organizations: Embedding Members or Networking Individuals?
  • Infrastructure
  • Organizational Technologies
  • 6 Techniques and Gadgets: Socializing Individuals or Developing Communitarian Beings?
  • The Potential to Gather or Disperse: Domestic Technologies
  • Technologies of Child Rearing
  • Techno-Cocooning
  • Technological "Retreats" from Community
  • Communities of Technological Repair and Maintenance
  • 7 Lessening the Obduracy of Networked Urbanity
  • Subsidies and Perverse Incentives
  • Dominant Frames, Embeddedness, and Persistent Traditions
  • Affordability and Democratic Control
  • Promoting and Collectively Governing Third Places and Neighborhood Recreation Spaces
  • 8 Imagining More Communitarian Infrastructures and Organizations
  • Toward Communitarian Infrastructures
  • More Communitarian Organizations
  • 9 Achieving Communitarian Techniques and Artifacts
  • Toward a More Communitarian Domestic Environment
  • Barriers to Rearing More Communitarian Children
  • Opposing Technologies That Privatize or Displace Thick Community
  • Discouraging Technological Retreats from Community
  • Promoting Communitarian Repair Cultures
  • 10 Intelligently Steering Toward More Communitarian Technological Societies
  • Intelligent Trial and Error
  • Extending and Steering Toward ITE
  • 11 Toward Technology Studies That Matter
  • A Historical Analog
  • Bringing It All Together
  • Loose Ends
  • Toward Technology Scholarship That Matters
  • Notes
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Index

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