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Dr. Nicholas John

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Originally from England, where I studied Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. My doctoral research was carried out in the Department of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My Ph.D. dissertation was the first academic study of the Internet in Israel. My research interests include technology and society, the Internet, new media, Web 2.0 and sharing. I am currently writing a book, tentatively titled The Social Logics of Sharing, for Polity Press. This book offers an innovative approach to sharing in Web 2.0, specifically by linking it to sharing in other social spheres, namely, consumption and intimate interpersonal relations. I teach BA and MA courses about the complex interrelations between technology and society.

Selected Publications

John, Nicholas A. 2013. “File sharing and the history of computing: Or, why file sharing is called ‘file sharing’,” Critical Studies in Media Communication.

John, Nicholas A. 2013. “The social logics of sharing.” The Communication Review. 16:3, 113-131.

John, Nicholas A. 2013. “Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword." New Media & Society, 15:2, 167-182. 

John, Nicholas A. 2013. “The Construction of the Multilingual Internet: Unicode, Hebrew and Globalization.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 18:3, 321-338.

John, Nicholas A. 2011. “Representing the Israeli Internet: The Press, the Pioneers, and the Practitioners.” International Journal of Communication, 5:0, 1545-1566.

John, Nicholas A. 2011. “The Diffusion of the Internet to Israel: The First Ten Years.” Israel Affairs, 17:3, 327-340.

Illouz, Eva, and Nicholas A. John. 2003. “Global Habitus, Local Stratification and Symbolic Struggles over Identity: The Case of McDonald’s Israel.” AmericanBehavioral Scientist, 47:201-229