This study of computing in an economically transforming city in the north of England looks at how new information technologies effect and are affected by a historically vibrant working-class culture. Stressing the complex interplay between technology and culture, especially notions about work and labor, the authors examine how this dynamic is manifest in computer-related jobs, in social relationships, and in the reproduction of local culture. They analyze the structure of computing in Sheffield, placing it in the contexts of national state policy, world political economy, and the regional labor market, and they explore the processes of computing in relation to the reproduction of gendering, the rise of "labor freedom," and local attempts to influence the course of computerization. The experiences of the people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire have much to teach us about what technology does and what we can do to control it. Computing Myths, Class Realities will be of interest not only to anthropologists and sociologists but to all scholars interested in the social correlates of computing.

chapter |13 pages


part One|36 pages

Studying Computerization

part Two|38 pages

Describing Computerization

chapter 4|13 pages

Computerization of Work

chapter 5|11 pages

Computing and Jobs

part Three|77 pages

Analyzing Computing Structurally

chapter 7|26 pages

Theorizing Computerization

chapter 8|15 pages

The National State and Computerization

chapter 10|17 pages

Computerization and the Region

part Four|74 pages

Making Computerization

chapter 11|24 pages

Culture-Centered Computing and Local Policy

chapter 12|17 pages

Computing and Gender

chapter 13|31 pages

Class, Culture, Computing, and Politics