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Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces [Paperback]

Eric Hirsch , Roger Silverstone
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October 13, 1994 0415117127 978-0415117128 New Ed
Consuming Technologies opens for analysis some crucial but rarely examined areas of social, cultural and economic life. At its core is a concern with the complex set of relationships that mark and define the place of the domestic in the modern world, and an explanation of the relationship between the domestic and public spheres as they are mediated by consumption and technology.

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Roger Silverstone is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. Eric Hirsch is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Associate Research Fellow of the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology, Brunel University.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (October 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415117127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415117128
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Consuming Technologies, originally published in 1992, aimed to open up new ways of approaching the study of technology by placing increased emphasis on the workings of domesticity as a social concept and/or process. The book contains an introduction and 13 articles, arranged under three different subject headings:

Part I. Conceptual and Thematic Issues
1. Roger Silverstone, Eric Hirsch, and David Morely, "Information and Communication Technologies and the Moral Economy of the Household"
2. Cynthia Cockburn, "The Circuit of Technology: Gender, Identity and Power"
3. Colin Campbell, "The Desire for the New: Its Nature and Social Location as Presented in Theories of Fashion and Modern Consumerism"

Part 2. Information and Communication Technologies in the Home
4. Ian Miles, Alan Cawson, and Leslie Haddon, "The Shape of Things to Come"
5. Leslie Haddon, "Explaining ICT Consumption: The Case of the Home Computer"
6. Jane Wheelock, "Personal Computers, Gender and an Institutional Model of the Household"
7. Sonia Livingstone, "The Meaning of Domestic Technologies: A Personal Construct Analysis of Familial Gender Relations"
8. Ien Ang, "Living-room Wars: New Technologies, Audience Measurement and the Tactics of Television Consumption"
9. Graham Murdock, Paul Hartmann and Peggy Gray, "Contextualizing Home Computing: Resources and Practices"

Part III. Appropriations
10. Daniel Miller, "The Young and the Restless in Trinidad: A Case of the Local and the Global in Mass Consumption"
11. Diane Zimmerman Umble, "The Amish and the Telephone: Resistance and Reconstruction"
12. Tim Putnam, "Regimes of Closure: The Representation of Cultural Process in Domestic Consumption"
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