[Air-L] Informatization?

Alexander Halavais halavais at gmail.com
Sun Jul 8 10:40:49 PDT 2012

I have largely seen this term used in Japanese (in which the -ization
suffix is a lot less cumbersome), and used in the sense of other
developmental -izations, like "modernization,"  "industrialization," and
"internationalization," to refer to public policy designed to encourage
changes in social and economic structure. I have seen it used in other
contexts--e.g., by IGOs--but always assumed for some reason it was borrowed
from the Japanese.

On Jul 8, 2012 10:26 AM, "Katja Mayer" <katja.mayer at univie.ac.at> wrote:

> Dear list members,
> if you hear or read "informatization", how would you contextualize this
> term?
> I am asking this, because I have a rather specific idea of what
> informatization entails (a rather quantitative, technocratic context,
> looking for measurements of technological diffusion and impact on labour,
> e-commerce and other fields...) and I would like to know more about other
> approaches.
> Are there any other connotations? Maybe in french literature? (Since the
> term was used in the 1978 presidential report by Nora/Minc:
> L'informatisation de la societe.)
> Thanks for your assistence,
> Katja
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> University of Vienna, Austria
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