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Technology and Society

Social Networks, Power, and Inequality, Second Edition

Anabel Quan-Haase

Series: Themes in Canadian Sociology

This timely text examines the places where technology and society intersect, connecting the reality of our technological age to issues of social networks, communication, work, power, and inequality. The result is a comprehensive overview of the technological tools we use, where they come from, and how they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

Readership : Second- and third- year courses in technology and society.


  • "The feature that sets this text apart, and that makes it very useful for undergrads, is its careful, clear, and thorough organization."
    --Jane Jenkins, St. Thomas University

  • "The author has done an excellent job of providing an overview of some of the key debates that have shaped discussions of the relationship between technology and society."
    --Carlos Novas, Carleton University

Note: Every chapter includes:
- Learning Objectives
- Introduction
- Chapter Summary
- Questions for Critical Thought
- Suggested Readings
- Online Resources
1. The Technological Society
The Social and Ethical Dimensions of Studying Technology
Contemporary Discussions of Technology
2. Technology in Society: A Historical Overview
Why Study the History of Technology?
The Stone Age: The Early Beginnings of Technological Ingenuity
Ancient Technology: The Development of the Scientific Method
The Renaissance: The Awakening of the Mind through Technology
Enlightenment and Revolution: Systematic Knowledge in Action
The Industrial Revolution: Revolting against Technology
Electronic Times: Hot and Cool Media
The Information Society: The Bits and Bytes Revolution
3. Theoretical Perspectives on Technology
Utopian versus Dystopian Views of Technology
Theories of Technology and Society
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
4. Gendered Technology - NEW!
Talking about Gender and Technology
Household Technology
Gender and IT Use and Skills
Women Working in IT-related Fields
Technology and the Body
5. Techno-Social Designing
Technological Design and How it Intersects with Society
Technopoles: Centres of Innovation
The Role of Research and Development (R&D)
Understanding the Social Millieu of Software Development
6. The Adoption and Diffusion of Technological Innovations
Technological Innovations: The Process
The Classic Model of the Diffusion of Innovations
Classifying Adoption Categories
Marketing Relations with Early Adopters
7. The Labour of Technology
Luddites: The Early Struggles with Technology
Technology and the Division of Labour
The Role of the Prosumer
Makerspaces: The DIY Community Gone Viral
8. Technology and Inequality
The Digital Divide
The Global Digital Divide
Critical Perspectives of the Digital Divide
9. Community in the Network Society
What Is Community?
Social Capital and Its Relevance to Community
Revisiting Community in the Internet Era
How Is Technology Transforming the Public Sphere?
10. Technology-Mediated Social Relationships
Early Beginnings of Mediated Communication
North America Calling: The Impact of the Telephone on Social Relationships
Penetration of Mediated Communication: The Impact of the Internet on Social Relationships
How Has Technology Affected Our Relationships?
11. The Surveillance Society
Defining and Understanding Surveillance
Foucault's Analysis of Power Relations in Society
Technology's Role in the New Surveillance
Defining Privacy
Counter-Surveillance as a Means of Personal Resistance
12. Ethical Dimensions of Technology
The Book's Three Central Themes
Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Our Technological Society
Electronic Waste
A Society of Overload

*All supplements prepared by Anabel Quan-Haase
PowerPoint Slides:
For each chapter:
Lecture slides with objectives, chapter summaries, examples, and conclusions
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
Learning objectives
Chapter summary
20-25 multiple choice questions
10 true/false questions
10 short answer questions
5 essay questions
Test Bank:
2-3 essay questions per chapter
E-Book (ISBN 9780199014729)

Anabel Quan-Haase is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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New Media - Terry Flew and Richard Smith

Special Features

  • Comprehensive yet concise - offers in-depth discussions of the rise of technology, major sociological theories, and real-life examples, giving students a well-rounded introduction to the study of technology and society.
  • Explores technology through social structures, demonstrating how the tools we use change our perceptions of ourselves and our relationships with others.
  • Part of the well-regarded Themes in Canadian Sociology series, known for its clear and concise approach to current research and trends in the discipline.
  • Accessible coverage of cutting-edge topics such as real-time technologies; wearable computing; electronic surveillance; and virtual mourning, with an emphasis on the human context.
  • Balances theory with real-world examples such as how social roles are exhibited in video games and the controversial issue of surveillance surrounding Edward Snowden.
New to this Edition
  • New chapter on gendered technology gives students the most current perspectives in the field. (Ch. 4)
  • Increased theoretical coverage gives students the knowledge they need to analyze technology.
  • Expanded coverage of ethics makes students aware of the ethical challenges in the field. (pp. 249, 251)
  • New coverage throughout - including 3D printing, gaming culture, technopoles, the health consequences of a hyperconnected society, and electronic waste - gives students insight into this fast-changing field.
  • Student-friendly pedagogy engages students through learning objectives, questions for critical thought, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of key terms.