Virtual Society?

the social science of electronic technologies


Professor John Hughes

Professor John Hughes
Department of Sociology
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YL
+44 (0)1524 594174


John Hughes ('Where the virtual meets the real': management, skill and innovation in the 'virtual organisation') is Professor of Sociological Analysis in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Graduated from the University of Birmingham in Moral and Political Philosophy too long ago to remember and has taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Exeter and Lund. In the past has done research in political socialisation and political sociology, the sociology of entrepreneurship, but for the last decade or so has worked with computer scientists in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Under this aegis has been involved in ethnographic studies of the air traffic control, the police, technological support, domestic environments and financial services.

Current research interests include relating ethnographic findings to system design, ethnomethodology, and work and technology. Has written extensively on various topics including research methods, Wittgenstein, sociological theory, and the philosophy of social research. Is Scientific Advisor to Work Practise Laboratory, Karlskrone/Ronneby University, Sweden. Currently also involved in an EU Project, eSCAPE concerned with the development of virtual electronic landscapes.

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