Computerization and Controversy

Value Conflicts and Social Choices

Edited by

  • Rob Kling, University of California

The Second Edition of Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices is a collection of 78 articles that examine the social aspects of computerization from a variety of perspectives, many presenting important viewpoints not often discussed in the conventional literature. A number of paired articles comprise thought-provoking head-on debate. Fields represented include computer science, information systems, management, journalism, psychology, law, library science, and sociology.This volume introduces some of the major controversies surrounding the computerization of society and helps readers recognize the social processes that drive and shape computerization.Division into eight provocatively titled sections facilitates course planning for classroom or seminar use. A lead article for each section frames the major controversies, locates the selections within the debates, and points to other relevant literature.
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Researchers, scholars, graduate students, and professionals in computer science, library science, sociology, business, and business management--particularly those concerned with the social and ethical implications of computersin society. Also of interest to philosophers, psychologists, and laypersons having similar interests and concerns.


Book information

  • Published: February 1996
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415040-9


"Computerization raises social, ethical, and moral questions--crises of values--in regard to privacy, intellectual property, governance, identity, social control, and education. This 945-page book collects the best research,theory, and journalism on technology and ethics Ive seen. Its numerous case histories go beyond the abstractions of armchair theory."
--Howard Rheingold, in WIRED

"Estimations, evaluations, and predictions of the effects of computerization on society have the polarizing force of religious differences...This book attempts to bring this complex, highly-charged conflict into the light of day and open examination. It succeeds admirably...Rob Kling serves as the editor, and he knows whereof he edits...The book achieves its overall purpose very well...Overall, this is a very well-executed anthology."
--Thomas A. Peters, University Libraries, Northern Illinois University, in THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE
"These essays raise important questions on how computers are transforming our jobs and social and professional relationships, threatening our privacy and much more."
"...a collection of thoughtful and critical views...Dont miss this highly recommended and thought-provoking book."
--David Bellin, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER AND REVIEW
qu:"...the readings are well-chosen and the package is skilfully [sic] weaved together for teaching purposes. Each of the seven sections opens with a short analytical essay identifying the major issues to be covered and places the following articles in their theoretical and empirical context. It is an impressive text..." @Source:--Tom Forester, THE AUSTRALIA

Table of Contents

Heads Up! Mental Models for Travelling through the Computer WorldDreams of Technological UtopianismEconomic, Cultural, and Organization Dimensions of ComputerizationComputerization and the Transformation of WorkSocial Relationships in Electronic ForumsPrivacy and Social ControlSystem Safety and Social VulnerabilityEthical Perspectives and Professional Responsibilities for Information and Computer Science ProfessionalsSubject Index