Softwarization of Modern Society: Origins and Prospects

Softwarization of Modern Society:
Origins and Prospects

Zhuravleva Е.Yu.

Cand. Sci. (Philos.), Assoc. Prof., Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Vologda, Russia

ID of the Article: 7620

This research was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research via grant No. 16-03-50064.

For citation:

Zhuravleva Е.Yu. Softwarization of Modern Society: Origins and Prospects. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2019. No 4. P. 109-117


The purpose of the article is social study of global systematic process – softwarization, the deployment of which is beginning to have a deep impact on modern society. The research tasks of the article are to identify contexts and sources of softwarization, to study the process of penetration of software into many spheres (economic, political, scientific, cultural) of modern society and systematize models generated at the intersection process of softwarization with the category «social»: «the software-sorted society», «the software of society», «the society-oriented software», «the softwaredefined society», «society 5.0». In the article, systematic essence of the global technological macrotrend of softwarization is studied from the positions of the information society, the media and the digital society. A special role in the article is assigned to softwarization interaction with other modern technological maсrotrends: digitalization, datafication, sensorization and «Internet of Things», «Industry 4.0», «Smart Planet» concepts.

softwarization; source of softwarization; context of softwarization; the software of society; software-sorted society; software-defined society; software-oriented society


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