The Fabrication of Networked Socialities

The Fabrication of Networked Socialities

Paolo Landri (Cnr and University of Naples, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-254-1.ch013
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This chapter is dedicated to analyse the fabrication of networked socialities, that is to address the complex interweaving of technologies of information and communication and the manifold instantiations of sociality. Networked socialities are digital formations being produced out of the intertwining of social logics outside and inside digital spaces and society. Such contribution is organized as follows: first, it will present the theoretical frame necessary to grasp the fabrication of sociologies in our information age, drawing on some concepts elaborated by the social studies of science and technology, together with the studies of the global digital worlds. Then, it will highlight the analytical fruitfulness of this perspective by describing some digital formations, such as social network sites, virtual communities of practice, and electronic markets. Finally, it will discuss the effects and the implications of such fabrication as a re-configuration of social, the emerging post-social relationships as well as the increasing fragility of knowledge societies.
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The Mutual Constitution Of Technology And Society

Information and communication technologies represent a challenge to the vocabulary of social science. Actually, most sociological analyses tend to overemphasize the role of technologies, thus risking determinism, or the use of a repertoire of concepts ineffective to analyze their re-defining effect in shaping the social.1 In this respect, a more interesting approach can be devised by looking at the social studies of science and technology (Wajcman, 2002; 2006). This might help the analysis of the complex imbrications of technology and society, the understanding of the fabrication of sociality by the information and communication technologies, also in connection with the debate on knowledge societies. It will also include a set of issues related to how knowledge practices contribute to the making of the social.

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Acknowledgment
Francesco Amoretti
Chapter 1
Francesco Amoretti
In “Electronic Constitution: A Braudelian Perspective”, Francesco Amoretti presents a model for the analysis of time and space structures of digital... Sample PDF
Electronic Constitution: A Braudelian Perspective
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Chapter 2
Mauro Di Meglio, Enrico Gargiulo
This chapter offers a long-term perspective on citizenship, questioning one of the basic assumptions of most of the literature on this topic, that... Sample PDF
Old and New Rights: E-Citizenship in Historical Perspective
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Chapter 3
Oreste Ventrone
Following the diffusion of e-government in the high income countries, international organizations, notably UN, OECD, World Bank, have promoted the... Sample PDF
International Organizations, E-Government and Development
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Chapter 4
Fortunato Musella
The chapter is dedicated at analyzing the strategic use of new technologies in the United States. An evident synergy has been noted between the... Sample PDF
American Electronic Constitution: Reinventing Government and Neo-Liberal Corporatism
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Francesco Amoretti, Fortunato Musella
The challenge of convergence has become a core issue in the European agenda, as the existence of widely accepted administrative standards represents... Sample PDF
The European Administrative Space and E-Government Policies: Between Integration and Competition
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Chapter 6
Clementina Casula
The rhetoric used worldwide by policymakers in promoting the uptake of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) emphasizes the advantages... Sample PDF
The EU and the Information Society: From E-Knowledge to E-Inclusion, in Search of Global Leadership
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Chapter 7
Nicolas Pejout
Many of African States are focusing on ICTs and developing e-government infrastructures in order to fasten and improve their “formalisation... Sample PDF
World Wide Weber: Formalise, Normalise, Rationalise
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Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, Connie Ofori-Dankwa
Several African countries have begun to introduce and implement Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policies. In the context of such... Sample PDF
ICT Challenges and Opportunities for Institutionalizing Democracy in Ghana: An Integrative Review of the Literature
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Chapter 9
Chin-fu Hung
China has vigorously implemented ICTs to foster ongoing informatization accompanying industrialization as a crucial pillar to drive its future... Sample PDF
The Politics of the Governing the Information and Communications Technologies in East Asian Authoritarian States: Case Study of China
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Chapter 10
Claudia Padovani, Elena Pavan
Political processes are undergoing profound changes due to the challenges imposed by globalization processes to the legitimacy of policy actors and... Sample PDF
Information Networks, Internet Governance and Innovation in World Politics
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Chapter 11
Mauro Santaniello
The Internet Governance debate has, for a long time, been influenced by a well-defined characterization of information networks. The depiction of a... Sample PDF
Who Governs Cyberspace? Internet Governance and Power Structures in Digital Networks
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Chapter 12
Diego Giannone
Starting from the assumption that any technology embeds the ideology, politics and culture of the society where it was created, this chapter... Sample PDF
Measuring ICT: Political and Methodological Aspects
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Chapter 13
Paolo Landri
This chapter is dedicated to analyse the fabrication of networked socialities, that is to address the complex interweaving of technologies of... Sample PDF
The Fabrication of Networked Socialities
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Virtual Nations  (pages 224-241)
William Sims Bainbridge
Virtual worlds are computer environments in which large numbers of human beings may interact, do useful work for each others, and build enduring... Sample PDF
Virtual Nations
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Chapter 15
Francesco Amoretti
This volume does not constitute yet another account of the blessings of ICTs. Nor does it add new criticism to the old, nurturing fears about the... Sample PDF
A Research Agenda for the Future
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