Book Review: ICTs, Development, and the Capabilities Approach,by Dorothea Kleine. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.

Unfortunately, we don’t get formal credit for academic book reviews, but I think they are incredibly important because 1) they are hard to write and an exercise in clear and precise thinking 2) it gives important feedback to authors 3) people often look at reviews, then the book.

So this is a review of Dorothea Kleine’s [...]

Book review

Philip Mendes, Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance in Labor History 107, November 2014 may interest some people. My methodological and theoretical concerns are made clear. A longer version which details further concerns is also appended.

Mendes Labour History Review

Long Review

Mendes’riposte to me [...]

Full text: The book, Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics, edited by Tom Denison, Mauro Sarrica and Larry Stillman is now available online at no cost.

Themes include: social order mediated through ICTs; community and cohesion; class and power; social psychology and technology; the relationship between personal agency and social structure [...]

Understanding the use of mobile phones in difficult circumstances.

This is a chapter from a recent collection of essays in community & social informatics. It is probably pushing the boundaries a bit, but we need to get political.

Stillman, L. (2014). Understanding the use of mobile phones in difficult circumstances. Theories, practices and examples for community and social informatics. T. Denison, M. Sarrica and L. [...]

The Capability Approach and Community Informatics

Larry Stillman, Tom Denison: The Capability Approach Community Informatics

The Information Society (2014)  30(3): 200-211.

“This article integrates key theories and concepts associated with the Capability Approach to community informatics (CI), a domain of sociotechnical theory and practice concerned to improve the lives of people in need. While the social value propositions for community informatics [...]