Central Publications

Books in English (books in Norwegian below)

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Personal Media and Everyday Life. A Networked Lifeworld. The book addresses the widespread use of digital personal media in daily life. With a sociological and historical perspective, it explores the media-enhanced individualization and rationalization of the lifeworld, discussing the dramatic mediatization of daily life and calling on theorists such as McLuhan, Habermas, Foucault, Luhmann and Goffman.

Social Theory and Communication Technology: Ashgate, 2000.- The theories of Habermas and Giddens are presented and confronted with the new realities of advanced information and communication technologies. The book argues that the two perspectives fall short in responding to current transformations, and suggest revisions to them in order to make them more ’updated’.


Digital Media Revisited : Theoretical and Conceptual Innovation in Digital Domains.
The MIT Press 2003. (edited with Gunnar Liestøl and Andrew Morrison) -A collection of essays from leading scholars on textual, political, methodological and moral aspects of digital media. My contribution: “On distributed society: The history of the Internet as a guide to a Sociological understanding of communication and society.”

Books in Norwegian:


Offentlig parlamentarisme. Politisk strid og offentlig mening (Public Parliamentarism – Political conflict and public opinion 1945-2000) (Pax 2015) A book on the history of Norwegian politics and the political public sphere 1945 – 2000.

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Nettverksformelen. Hvordan det sosiale livet henger sammen. (The Network Formula: How Social life is Connected) A book on network theory and network analysis. Key Words: Weak ties, small worlds, super-nodes and clusters, cascades, and much more.

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Kampen om Internett (The Battle of the Internet) Oslo: PAX Press. The book addresses the social history of the Internet in a conflict-sociological perspective, seeing the Internet-story as a dynamic development influenced by struggles over open science, open networks and open source, as well as an open domain name policy. It addresses the Internet as a contested terrain between openness and neutrality on the one hand, and industrial, and consumer interests on the other.

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Personlige Medier. Livet mellom skjermene. (Personal Media. Life Between the Screens) (Lüders, Prøitz & Rasmussen (eds.) Gyldendal Academic Press 2007. The book examines young people’s use of e-mail, blogs, mobiles, sms and other tools of communication we call Personal Media in everyday life.

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Digitale medier. En innføring. (Digital Media – technology, applications, society) Universitetsforlaget 2003. (with Gisle Hannemyr, Gunnar Liestøl, Marika Lüders) – A textbook discussing the history of the Internet, hypertext and multimedia, and new textual forms as net art and computer games. It also addresses social questions such as political net-activism and dot.com entrepreneurship.

Luhmann: kommunikasjon, medier, samfunn (Luhmann: Communication, Media, Society) Fagbokforlaget 2002 – This book introduces the sociological theory of Niklas Luhmann for Norwegian readers, and particularly discusses its relevance for analysis of mass media, the Internet and the public sphere.
Internett i endring (The Social Transformation of the Internet): Novus Press, Oslo 2001. (ed. with Gunnar Liestøl) – The volume collects more than twenty, empirical studies on the use of the Internet in Norway 1997 – 2001. The volume includes studies of art, journalism, advertising, political activism, and e-learning)
Mektig og aktverdig. Betraktninger om presseetikk og makt. (Powerful and Respectful. Observations on Press Ethics and Power) Kristiansand: Høyskoleforlaget. – The book discusses the western press ethical system (codes, etc.) in a systems-theoretical perspective: Ethics is presented as a form of communication that serves certain functions for journalism and the media.

Mediesamfunnets moral (The Morality of Media Society) Pax forlag 2001. 233 s. – The book addresses central ethical problems associated with the media, and discuss the according to virtue ethics (Aristotle, Taylor, Macintyre), discourse ethics (Apel, Habermas) and ethics of closeness (Lévinas, Løgstrup). It argues that the global media society should be understood according to all three ethical perspectives, however on their respective, specific levels.
Nettmedier. Journalistikk og medier på Internett (Net Media. Journalism and media on the Internet): Fagbokforlaget 2002 – This is a textbook addressing the short history and development of online journalism and the implications for journalist practice. It presents the technological changes, the news-room routines and new financing models. It particularly discusses the ethical problems of on-line journalism, such as the blurring of boundaries between journalism and advertising.

Moderne maskiner. Teknologi og samfunnsteori (Modern Machines. Technology and Social Theory) Pax forlag 1995. – The book presents and discusses several traditions and schools in social philosophy and sociology which address technology: Critical theory, Habermas, structuration theory, theories of post-industrial society, theories of post-modern society.