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Chaos, Information Technology, Global Administration and Daily Life

Funding: 2008: $133,981
2009: $117,916
2010: $127,306
2011: $125,306
2012: $117,916

Project Member(s): Goodman, J., Zowghi, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2008

Summary: This project investigates the production of disorder in everyday life by Information Technology. The contemporary world is embedded in, and ordered by, IT, yet little is known about common experiences of lack of control or imposed disorder confronting IT users. Despite claims of increased efficiency administration, when distributed through IT systems, routinely seems to be out of control even to those expecting to hold power. Even good software can unexpectedly disorder organisations. Research entails conducting two field based studies of IT installations; developing new theories of social order/disorder, global systems, politics, management and software implementation; and proposals to help deal with unexpected organisational chaos

Publications:

Marshall, J & da Rimini, F 2018, 'Unreal Property: Anarchism, Anthropology and Alchemy' in Fredikson, M & Arvanitakis, J (eds), Property, Place and Piracy, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 50-64.

Bano, M, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2018, 'Power and Politics of User Involvement in Software Development', ACM, International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, ACM, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 157-162.
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Bano, M, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2017, 'User Satisfaction and System Success: An Empirical Exploration of User Involvement in Software Development', Empirical Software Engineering: an international journal, vol. 22, pp. 23339-2372.
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Marshall, JP & Connor, L 2016, Environmental Change and the World's Futures Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, Routledge, Oxford.

Connor, LH 2016, 'Emergent ontologies: Natural scepticism, weather certitudes and moral futures' in Marshall, JP (ed), Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, pp. 214-230.
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Marshall, JP 2016, 'Ecological complexity and the ethics of disorder' in Marshall, JP & Connor, LH (eds), Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, ontologies and mythologies, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 48-62.

Marshall, JP 2016, 'Geo-engineering, imagining and the problem cycle: a cultural complex in action' in Marshall, JP & Connor, LH (eds), Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, ontologies and mythologies, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 247-263.

Marshall, J, Goodman, J, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2015, Disorder and the Disinformation Society: The Social Dynamics of Information, Networks and Software, Routledge, New York, USA.
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Connor, LH & Marshall, JP 2015, 'Ecologies, ontologies and mythologies of possible futures' in Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, pp. 1-14.
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Marshall, J & da Rimini, F 2015, 'Paradoxes of Property: Piracy and Sharing in Information Capitalism' in Baumgärtel, T (ed), A Reader on International Media Piracy: Pirate Essays, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 145-166.
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Marshall, JP 2015, 'Philanthropy, Celebrity and Incoherence' in Jeffreys, E & Allatson, P (eds), Celebrity Philanthropy, Intellect Books, Bristol, pp. 41-58.

Marshall, JP & da Rimini, F 2015, 'Playstation, Demonoid and the orders and disorders of Pirarchy', Krisis: Journal for contemporary philosophy, vol. 2015, no. 1, pp. 8-21.

Marshall, JP 2015, 'Plato and Gorgias walk into a Symposium', Flinders University, pp. 1-14.

Goodman, J & Marshall, JP 2014, Crisis, Movement, Management Globalising Dynamics, Routledge, oxford.

Marshall, J & da Rimini, F 2014, 'Piracy is Normal, Piracy is Boring: Systematic disruption as everyday life' in Fredriksson, M & Arvanitakis, J (eds), Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, Litwin Books, Sacramento, pp. 323-353.

Marshall, JP 2014, 'Culture, disorder, and death in an online world' in Cross-Cultural Interaction: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications, IGI Global, pp. 1010-1026.
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Marshall, JP 2014, 'The social (dis)organisation of software: Failure and disorder in information society', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 190-206.
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Marshall, JP & Notley, T 2014, 'Communication technology and social life: Transformation and continuity, order and disorder', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 127-137.
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Marshall, JP 2013, 'The Intranet of the Living Dead' in Whelan, A, Walker, R & More, C (eds), Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London, pp. 121-136.

Marshall, J 2013, 'The information society: permanent crisis through the (dis)ordering of networks', GLOBAL NETWORKS A JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AFFAIRS, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 290-309.
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Marshall, J & Goodman, J 2013, 'Disordering Network Theory: An Introduction', Global Networks a Journal of Transnational Affairs, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 279-289.
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Marshall, JP 2009, Depth Psychology, Disorder and Climate Change, JungDownunder, Sydney.

Keywords: Social Disorder, globalisation, Information society, Social Studies of the Internet, Ethnographic studies,

FOR Codes: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology, Social Change, Technological and organisational innovation, Communication not elsewhere classified, Computer software and services not elsewhere classified, Computer Time Leasing, Sharing and Renting Services