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Agency and social structure in Human Factors By Roland Gasser
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Today’s work environments are getting ever more adaptive and dynamic. The underlying technologies are highly complex and distributed. As a consequence, both the theoretical fundaments and the... More > methodological toolbox of Human Factors become challenged. By drawing on the field of production planning and scheduling (PPS) in manufacturing, this book is making explicit how Human Factors fails to fully account for many problems related to this type of environment. It is proposing a philosophical reorientation - based on critical realist thought - through a focus on agency and social structures as central concepts for the understanding of human behavior. The new ontological fundament then leads to the formulation of a critical realist theory/methods package for Human Factors. Through the integration of agency and social structure into our thinking about technology, Human Factors interventions will become more tuned to the networked and globalized work contexts we are increasingly engaged with.< Less
A study of culture, belief and social structure By Tahir Iqbal
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A great book with new social theories applicable to marketing, business, economic policy and also islamic jurisprudence
Structure and Agency By J.P. Goss
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How do we define structure? And for that matter, agency? There are certain inescapable forces that both the social reality imposes on the human, effectively generating what we know as... More > ‘man’ or ‘humankind.’ Our tongues enable us to communicate and to know exactly what we are. Yet, there is, indispensably, the ability to step back from such forces, to even step back from identity. This is agency. Reality is brought to us through typifications and habituation. This is structure. This is the dialectic: structure and agency. In this collection of short stories, Goss explores this dialectic wherein the agent is confronted with the force of society. It was his intent to create stories whose DNA was formed with an ounce controversy and at least something to upset what we know as “social reality.” He wanted to step back and write something different.< Less
Volume 0962, Aztec social structure --- A Boy Bringing Bread By Print Wikipedia
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Volume 0962, Aztec social structure---A Boy Bringing Bread Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the... More > inhuman scale of big data. Michael Mandberg wrote software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database and programmatically lays out nearly 7500 volumes, complete with covers, and then uploads them to Lulu.com for print-on-demand. Print Wikipedia draws attention to the sheer size of the encyclopedia's content and the impossibility of rendering Wikipedia as a material object in fixed form: Once a volume is printed it is already out of date. It is also a work of found poetry built on what is likely the largest appropriation ever made. As we become increasingly more dependent on information and source material on the Internet today, Mandiberg explores the accessibility of its vastness.< Less
On the Structure of Complex Networks By Daniel Grady
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Large-scale complex networks in natural, social, and technological systems exhibit an abundance of rich information, and extracting meaningful structural features from network data is one of the most... More > challenging tasks in network theory. Nonetheless, understanding these networks is essential to explaining phenomena in transportation, epidemiology, sociology, economics, and other fields. This book presents three novel analyses of large-scale empirical networks. First, a comparison of two world-wide transportation systems reveals many statistical similarities despite extremely different operational and geographic constraints. Second, we develop a new method for determining geographic borders based on human mobility. Finally, we demonstrate how measuring networks in terms of shortest-path trees can identify a robust network skeleton, and its relevance in predicting dynamical processes. Hardcover available at http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/on-the-structure-of-complex-networks/13985882< Less
On the Structure of Complex Networks By Daniel Grady
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Large-scale complex networks in natural, social, and technological systems exhibit an abundance of rich information, and extracting meaningful structural features from network data is one of the most... More > challenging tasks in network theory. Nonetheless, understanding these networks is essential to explaining phenomena in transportation, epidemiology, sociology, economics, and other fields. This book presents three novel analyses of large-scale empirical networks. First, a comparison of two world-wide transportation systems reveals many statistical similarities despite extremely different operational and geographic constraints. Second, we develop a new method for determining geographic borders based on human mobility. Finally, we demonstrate how measuring networks in terms of shortest-path trees can identify a robust network skeleton, and its relevance in predicting dynamical processes.< Less
Socially Distant By Megan Boswell
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Since the mid-20th century, architecture has stopped responding to formal conventions and rather emphasized the technological world we live in. Architecture evolves as we progress and in the last 60... More > years, it has adopted the expanding technology that we rely on. This has induced an abandonment of conventional means of social interaction to the new preferable digital exchange. Architecture, therefore, needs to focus on the reemphis of formal structure that will foster a positive social environment where people will not live through technology but use technology to enhance their lives.< Less
Social Urbanism By Tyler Lyons
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American urban lifestyles have been dictated by the automobile since the 60’s. In addition, recent decades have seen an explosion in social media, leading to Americans becoming more... More > disconnected from their communities. Separation due to technology and social media, as well as poor planning, has created inhumane urban conditions. Air quality, open space and safety are often lacking. Can social architecture and planning cure a dying American city? This thesis will explore current and progressive planning trends, as well as, concepts that begin to prescribe the desired urban living condition. Social Urbanism is the philosophy that people, politics, architecture, and urbanism come together to form a healthy social environment within the city. Using building materials and techniques familiar to the Northwest this project gives the residents a public structure they can identify with. Well connected to public transportation and pedestrian/bike networks it becomes a focal point and social hub for the city.< Less
Information Technology for Social Science By Ashok Yakkaldevi
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The Internet is basically an expansive number of interconnected machines. These machines, (each with its own location or 'IP number'), are joined in a solitary worldwide co-agent by wire, by fiber... More > optic links, by satellite connections or by phone lines. The way of association is not about so imperative as the way that every part machine can trade a lot of digitized data unreservedly over the world with any or all other joined machines. Separation has therefore stopped to be the unequivocal variable in human learned life. Therefore, the social researcher can sick bear to disregard the force of the Internet to both scatter and to gather and filter data in all its structures.< Less
The Seven Social Sins By Glen Pearson
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Mahatma Gandhi enlightened his world like few others in the modern age. Philosopher, sage, nonviolent activist, lawyer, revolutionary, and a guiding spiritual light - Gandhi was all of these things.... More > Near the end of his life he spoke of Seven Social Sins that, if left unchallenged, would lead the world into ever-increasing cycles of violence. Gandhi made clear where he worried the future was headed. Knowledge would be sought exclusively in its own right, as would a shallow religion, a hollowed-out capitalism, a political structure with no moral compass, or an unfettered science removed from its human dimension. He sought to highlight what other capacities would need to be joined to the predominant themes to keep them balanced and helpful to the human race.< Less