Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs holds the chair in media and communication studies at Uppsala University. His research fields are: social theory, critical theory, critical political economy of media, information, communication, technology; information society theory, information society research. He is editor of tripleC: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. Curriculum Vitae Personal Website (full list of papers and access to paper drafts)

Recent Publications (2008-2010) [for a full list see here ]


  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Labor in informational capitalism and on the Internet. The Information Society 26 (3): 179-196.
  • Fuchs, Christian, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken and Marcus Breen. Capitalist crisis, communication, & culture - introduction to the special issue of tripleC. tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 8 (2): 193-204. PDF
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Alternative media as critical media. European Journal of Social Theory 13 (2): 173-192.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Social networking sites and complex technology assessment. International Journal of E-Politics 1 (3): 19-38 (special issue on “E-democracy: online youth participation and engagement”, edited by Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Ariadne Vromen, Mary Anne Kennan).
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. studiVZ: Social Networking Sites in the Surveillance Society. Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2): 171-185.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Grounding critical communication studies. An inquiry into the communication theory of Karl Marx. Journal of Communication Inquiry 34 (1): 15-41.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Social software and web 2.0: their sociological foundations and implications. In Handbook of research on web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0: technologies, business, and social applications. Volume II, ed. San Murugesan, 764-789. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Facebook, Web 2.0 und ökonomische Überwachung. DuD - Datenschutz und Datensicherheit 7 (2010): 453-458.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. New Imperialism: Information and Media Imperialism? Global Media and Communication 6 (1): 33-60.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Critical Globalization Studies: An Empirical and Theoretical Analysis of the New Imperialism. Science & Society 74 (2): 215-247.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Global media and global capitalism. In Indigenous societies and cultural globalization in the 21st century. Is the global village truly real?, ed. Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu and Chinedu Okeke, 556-594. Saarbrücken: VDM.
  • Fuchs, Christian and Marianna Obrist. 2010. HCI and Society: Towards a Typology of Universal Design Principles. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 26 (6): 638-656.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Critical globalization studies and the new imperialism. Critical Sociology 36 (6): 839-867.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Class, knowledge and new media. Media, Culture & Society 32 (1): 141-150.
  • Sandoval, Marisol and Christian Fuchs . 2010. Towards a critical theory of alternative media. Telematics and Informatics (special issue on community media, edited by Nico Carpentier and Salvatore Scifo) 27 (2): 141-150.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2010. Theoretical foundations of defining the participatory, co-operative, sustainable information society. Information, Communication, and Society 13 (1): 23-47.
  • Fuchs, Christian, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Matthias Schafranek, Celina Raffl, Marisol Sandoval and Robert Bichler. 2010. Theoretical foundations of the web: cognition, communication, and co-operation. Towards an understanding of web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0. Future Internet 2 (1): 41-59. PDF



  • Fuchs, Christian, Robert Bichler and Celina Raffl. 2009. Cyberethics and co-operation in the information society. Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (4): 447-466.
  • Fuchs, Christian and Wolfgang Hofkirchner. 2009. Autopoiesis and critical social systems theory. In: Autopoiesis in organization theory and practice, ed. Rodrigo Magalhaes and Ron Sanchez, 111-129. Bingley: Emerald.
  • Fuchs, Christian and Rainer E. Zimmermann. 2009. Practical Civil Virtues in Cyberspace: Towards the Utopian Identity of Civitas and Multitudo. Munich Series in Design Science (Münchener Schriften zur Design Science), Volume 5. ISBN 978-3-8322-8341-4. Aachen: Shaker.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Some Reflections on Manuel Castells’ Book “Communicaiton Power". tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation) – Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. 7 (1): 94-108.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Some Theoretical Foundations of Critical Media Studies: Reflections on Karl Marx and the Media. International Journal of Communication 3 (2009): 369-402.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. A Contribution to Theoretical Foundations of Critical Media and Communication Studies. Javnost-The Public 16 (2): 5-24.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Information and Communication Technologies & Society: A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of the Internet. European Journal of Communication 24 (1): 69-87.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. The Role of Income Inequality in a Multivariate Cross-National Analysis of the Digital Divide. Social Science Computer Review 27 (1): 41-58.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. A Contribution to Critical Globalization Studies. Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power and Politics Working Paper CSGP 09/8. Peterborough, Canada: Trent University. PDF
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society. A Critical Case Study of the Usage of studiVZ, Facebook, and MySpace by Students in Salzburg in the Context of Electronic Surveillance. Salzburg/Vienna: Research Group UTI. ISBN 978-3-200-01428-2. ICT&S Center Research Report. More information here
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Transnational Informational Capitalism. Rethinking Marxism 21 (3): 387-402. 
  • Fuchs, Christian. Forthcoming. Social Software ans Web 2.0: Their Sociological Foundations and Implications. In Handbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0 and X.0: Technologies, Business, and Social Applications, ed. San Murugesan. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Fuchs, Christian and Wolfgang Hofkirchner. 2009, Forthcoming. Autopoiesis and Critical Social Systems Theory. In Autopoiesis in Organization Theory and Practice, eds. Rodrigo Magalhaes and Ron Sanchez. Bingley: Emerald.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. A fenntartható információs társadalom ideológiai tájképe
    (Sustainable Information Society as Ideology, in Hungarian). Információs Társadalom
    (Information Society). 9 (2): 7-19 + 9 (3): 27-52.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Kapitalistische Medien und kapitalistische Krise [Capitalist Media
    and Capitalist Crisis]. In Kapitalismus am Ende? [The End of Capitalism?], 166-172. Hamburg: VSA. pp. 166-172.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009. Grundlagen der Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie der Medien [Foundations of the Critique of the Political Economy of the Media, in German, for an English version see the paper "A Contribution to Theoretical Foundations of Critical Media and Communication Studies"]. In Bruchstücke: Kritische Ansätze zu Politik und Ökonomie im globalisierten Kapitalismus, ed. Peter Fleissner and Natascha Wanek, 97-111. Berlin: trafo. 
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2009.  Internet und Gesellschaft: Beiträge zu einer kritischen Theorie des Informationszeitalters [Internet and Society: Contibutions to a Critical Theory of the Information Age]. In Neue Medien und kulturelle Vielfalt [New Media and Cultural Diversity], ed. Gerhard Banse, Gerhard, Matthias Wieser, Rainer Winter, 55-79. Berlin: trafo.




  • Fuchs, Christian and Marisol Sandoval. 2008. Positivism, Postmodernism, or Critical Theory? A Case Study of Communications Students’ Understandings of Criticism. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 6 (2): 112-141. 
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415961327. 408 pages. More information here
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. The Implications of New Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability. Environment, Development and Sustainability 10 (3): 291-309.
  • Fuchs, Christian and Eva Horak. 2008. Africa and the Digital Divide. Telematics and Informatics 25 (2): 99-116.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Sociology, Dynamic Critical Realism, and Radical Constructivism. Constructivist Foundations 3 (2): 97-99. (Comment on the article “Who Conceives of Society?“ by Ernst von Glasersfeld that was published in the same issue).
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Review Essay of “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything“, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. International Journal of Communication 2 (2008), Review Section: 1-11.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Introduction to the special issue on "ICTs and Society: PhD Students’ Transdisciplinary Research Projects". tripleC (Cognition, Communication, Co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 6 (2): i-viii.
  • Editor of a special issue on "ICTs and society: PhD Students' Transdisciplinary Research Projects" (Proceedings of the PhD conference “ICTs and Society“, June 20-21, 2008, University of Salzburg), triplec (Cognition, Communication, Co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. Vol. 6. No. 2. 
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Towards a Critical Theory of Information. In Qué es Información? (What is Information?) Proceedings of the First International Meeting of Experts in Information Theories. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Primer Encuentro Internacional de Expertos Teorías de la Información. Un enfoque interdisciplinar), November 6-7, 2008, ed. José María Díaz Nafria and Francisco Salto Alemany, 247-316. León, Spain. León: Universidad de León.
    Also published in: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation) (2009) 7 (2): 243-292. PDF
  • Bichler, Robert, Christian Fuchs and Celina Raffl. 2008. Perspectives of Cyberethics in the Information Society. In Framing Evil, eds. Nancy Billias and Agnes B. Curry, 153-162. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Dialektisches Denken als Grundlage der Kritik des transnationalen informationellen Kapitalismus (Dialectical Thinking as Foundation for the Critique of Transnational Informational Capitalism). Proceedings of the Conference „Polyphone Dialektik“ (Polyphonous Dialectics), Berlin, November 1-4, 2007. Vorschein 30: 97-119.
  • Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Foundations and Two Models of Guaranteed Basic Income. In Perspectives on Work. Perspectives of Social Ethics Volume 1, eds. Otto Neumaier, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak, 235-248. Vienna: LIT.
  • Raffl, Celina, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Christian Fuchs and Matthias Schafranek. 2008. The Web as Techno-Social System. The Emergence of Web 3.0. In Cybernetics and Systems 2008, ed. Robert Trappl, 604-609. Vienna: Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies.
  • Review of "Wikinomics" (Tapscott/Williams). Journal of Communication 58 (2): 402-403
  • Review of "Wikinomics" (Tapscott/Williams). Politics and Culture 2 (4).