How is knowledge produced and used in cyberspace? David Hakken - a key figure in the anthropology of science and technology studies - approaches the study of cyberculture through the venue of knowledge production, drawing on critical theory from anthropology, philosophy and informatics (computer science) to examine how the character and social functions of knowledge change profoundly in computer-saturated environments. He looks at what informational technologies offer, how they are being employed, and how they are tied to various agendas and forms of power. Knowledge Landscapes will be essential for both social scientists and cultural studies scholars doing research on cyberculture.
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David Hakken is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Policy Center at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. His book Cyborgs@Cyberspace: An Ethnographer Looks to the Future, also published by Routledge, was awarded 1999 American Anthropological Association Textor Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology.Review:
"Hakken's book makes an important contribution to thinking about the status of knowledge, knowledge production and the social aspects of knowledge production and use in cyberspace. This presents very solid thinking about what informational technologies offer, how they are being used, how they are tied to different interests and forms of power, and what the limitations are. Rarely do you see such clarity in this new field."
-Wesley Shumar, co-editor of "Building Virtual Communities
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