Contributions to a sociology of the internet: a case study of the use of the internet in the republic of Croatia in the 1990s

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/315649
Title:
Contributions to a sociology of the internet: a case study of the use of the internet in the republic of Croatia in the 1990s
Authors:
Leaning, Marcus
Abstract:
Within the humanities and social sciences there are a variety of approaches for the study of the Internet. Through the use of a case study of the operation of the Internet in The Republic of Croatia during the 1990s, this thesis contributes to a position that regards sociological or 'culturalist' concerns as significant as 'formalist' concerns. The thesis is divided into three sections; the first section examines the socio-political construction of the Internet in contemporary academic and journalistic discourse. Attention is paid to the following: the broad theoretical understandings of the relationship of technology and society, the way in which the Internet is thought to be different from older forms of mass media, the assumed political potency of the Internet and how such conceptions are understood in terms of their integration into broader political perspectives. The second section deals with the use of the Internet in the Republic of Croatia during the 1990s. Attention is paid to the history of the Internet in Croatia and its political use is examined. The degree to which the Internet functioned as an effective counter to the dominant hegemonic discourse is found to be negligible when compared to old media that were operating in 'such a fashion. The explanation offered shows how the Internet and other forms of computer-mediated communication offers forms of communication that may not be best suited for the debates that were occurring in Croatia at that time. The third section explores how media forms are strongly linked to social forms. The Internet is conceptualised as a media form that is dependent upon a number of requirements for its full political potential to be made evident. It is concluded that attention should be placed upon both the interrelatedness of society, media technology and form of action studied, and the ways in which such concepts are socially constructed.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfodshire
Citation:
Leaning, M. (2004) 'Contributions to a sociology of the internet: a case study of the use of the internet in the republic of Croatia in the 1990s'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Oct-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/315649
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
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PhD e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorLeaning, Marcusen
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-10T12:43:01Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-10T12:43:01Z-
dc.date.issued2004-10-
dc.identifier.citationLeaning, M. (2004) 'Contributions to a sociology of the internet: a case study of the use of the internet in the republic of Croatia in the 1990s'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/315649-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.en
dc.description.abstractWithin the humanities and social sciences there are a variety of approaches for the study of the Internet. Through the use of a case study of the operation of the Internet in The Republic of Croatia during the 1990s, this thesis contributes to a position that regards sociological or 'culturalist' concerns as significant as 'formalist' concerns. The thesis is divided into three sections; the first section examines the socio-political construction of the Internet in contemporary academic and journalistic discourse. Attention is paid to the following: the broad theoretical understandings of the relationship of technology and society, the way in which the Internet is thought to be different from older forms of mass media, the assumed political potency of the Internet and how such conceptions are understood in terms of their integration into broader political perspectives. The second section deals with the use of the Internet in the Republic of Croatia during the 1990s. Attention is paid to the history of the Internet in Croatia and its political use is examined. The degree to which the Internet functioned as an effective counter to the dominant hegemonic discourse is found to be negligible when compared to old media that were operating in 'such a fashion. The explanation offered shows how the Internet and other forms of computer-mediated communication offers forms of communication that may not be best suited for the debates that were occurring in Croatia at that time. The third section explores how media forms are strongly linked to social forms. The Internet is conceptualised as a media form that is dependent upon a number of requirements for its full political potential to be made evident. It is concluded that attention should be placed upon both the interrelatedness of society, media technology and form of action studied, and the ways in which such concepts are socially constructed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectThe interneten
dc.subjectL310en_GB
dc.subjectsociologyen_GB
dc.subjectInterneten_GB
dc.subjectCroatiaen_GB
dc.titleContributions to a sociology of the internet: a case study of the use of the internet in the republic of Croatia in the 1990sen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfodshireen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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