Conversation and Technology
From the Telephone to the Internet
By (author) Ian Hutchby
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Conversation and Technology by Ian Hutchby
Book DescriptionWe live in a world where social interaction is increasingly mediated by technological devices. In this book, Ian Hutchby explores the impact these technologies have on our attempts to communicate. Focusing on four examples -- telephones, computerized expert systems at work, speech--based systems dealing with enquiries from the public, and multi--user spaces on the Internet -- Hutchby asks: are we increasingly technologized conversationalists, or is technology increasingly conversationalized? Conversation and Technology draws on recent theory and empirical research in conversation analysis, ethnomethodology and the social construction of technology. In novel contributions to each of these areas, Hutchby argues that the ways in which we interact can be profoundly shaped by technological media, while at the same time we ourselves are shapers of both the cultural and interactional properties of these technologies. The book begins by examining a variety of theoretical perspectives on this issue. Hutchby offers a critical appraisal of recent sociological thinking, which has tended to over--estimate societya s influence on technological development. Instead he calls for a new appreciation of the relationship between human communication and technology. Using a range of case studies to illustrate his argument, Hutchby explores the multiplicity of ways in which technology affects our ordinary conversational practices. Readers in areas as diverse as sociology, communication studies, psychology, computer science and management studies will find much of interest in this account of the human and communicative properties of various forms of modern communication technology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745621111
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Hutchby
Methods in Language and Social Interaction, Hardback (September 2008)
Methods in Language and Social Interaction is a well established area of Research. The leading (American) journal Research on Language and Social Interaction is in its 39th volume and is ranked as 10th in the most recently cited journal in the Journal Citation Reports Social Science Edition making this title an essential purchase.
Conversation Analysis, Hardback (September 2008)
Talk is a central activity in social life. But how is ordinary talk organized? How do people coordinate their talk in interaction? And what is the role of talk in wider social processes? Conversation Analysis has developed over the past forty years as a key method for studying social interaction and language use.
Media Talk, Paperback (December 2005)
Provides an introduction to the analysis of the spoken word by examining linguistic and discursive aspects of broadcast media. Beginning with the observation that talk is central to all genres of radio and television, this book examines the forms of speech used by broadcasters. It is for students on courses in language and the media and others.
Children, Technology and Culture, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Ian Hutchby
Children, Technology and Culture looks at the interplay of children and technology which poses critical questions for how we understand the nature of childhood in late modern society.
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Author Biography - Ian Hutchby
Ian Hutchby is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communication at Brunel University and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. His research involves the application of conversation analysis to various areas of technologically--mediated interaction, including the distinctive properties of broadcast talk and the possibilities of human--machine interaction; as well as the analysis of childrena s communicative competence
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