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Information Age By Manuel Castells

Information Age by Manuel Castells

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Summary

The first of three linked investigations of contemporary global, economic, political and social change, this book examines the processes of globalization that have marginalized and now threaten to make redundant whole countries and peoples excluded from informational networks.

Information Age Summary

Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture: v.1: Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells

This is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America and Europe, the book aims to formulate a systematic theory of the information society which takes account of the fundamental effects of information technology on the contemporary world. The global economy is now characterized by the almost instantaneous flow and exchange of information, capital and cultural communication. These flows order and condition both consumption and production. The networks themselves reflect and create distinctive cultures. Both they and the traffic they carry are largely outside national regulation. People's dependence on the new modes of informational flow gives enormous power to those in a position to control them to control people. The main political arena is now the media, and the media are not politically answerable. This work describes the accelerating pace of innovation and application. It examines the processes of globalization that have marginalized and now threaten to make redundant whole countries and peoples excluded from informational networks. The book investigates the culture, institutions and organizations of the network enterprise and the concomitant transformation of work and employment. It points out that in the advanced economies production is now concentrated on an educated section of the population aged between 25 and 40: many economies can do without a third or more of their people. It suggests that the effect of this accelerating trend may be less mass unemployment than the extreme flexibilization of work and individualization of labour and, in consequence, a highly segmented social structure. The author concludes by examining the effects and implications of technological change on mass media culture ("the culture of real virtuality"), on urban life, global politics, and the nature of time and history. This is the first of three linked investigations of contemporary global, economic, political and social change.

Information Age Reviews

"So what is one to make of this magnificent throwback, Manuel Castells, this Voltaire of the information age, who has ventured a three-volume systemic account of our postmodern civilization under the title The Information Age? What do we make of a scholar who, rather than running from this confounding epoch's complexities, embraces them, insisting scholarly analysis can still root itself in reason, in meaningful social action and in transformative politics?" Benjamin Barber, Los Angeles Times .

About Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells is Professor of Sociology and of Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was appointed in 1979, after teaching for 12 years at the University of Paris. He has also taught and researched at the Universities of Madrid, Chile, Montreal, Campinas, Caracas, Mexico, Geneva, Copenhagen, Wisconsin, Boston, Southern California, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Amsterdam, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Hitotsubashi and Barcelona. He is the author of 20 books, including The Informational City (Blackwell, 1989). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the C Wright Mills Award and of the Robert and Helen Lynd Award. He is a member of the European Academy. The Information Age is being translated into 10 languages.

Table of Contents

Prologue: the Net and the self; the information technology revolution; the informational economy and the process of globalization; the culture, institutions and organizations of the informational economy - the network enterprise; the transformation of work and employment - Net-workers, job-less and flex-timers; the culture of real virtuality - the integration of electronic communication, the end of the mass audience and the rise of interactive networks; the space of flows; the edge of forever - timeless time.

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GOR002252440
9781557866172
1557866171
Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture: v.1: Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1996-09-28
480
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