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Title:
The rise of the network society
Author:
Castells, Manuel, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
Physical Description:
xvii, 556 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781557866165

9781557866172
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Book

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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.


Summary

This book is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it 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. Our dependence on the new modes of informational flow gives enormous power to those in a position to control them to control us. The main political arena is now the media, and the media are not politically answerable.


Manuel Castells describes the accelerating pace of innovation and application. He examines the processes of globalization that have marginalized and now threaten to make redundant whole countries and peoples excluded from informational networks. He investigates the culture, institutions and organizations of the network enterprise and the concomitant transformation of work and employment. He shows 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. He suggests that the effect of this accelerating trend may not be mass unemployment but the extreme flexibilization of work and individualization of labor, and, in consequence, a highly segmented social structure.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Castells (Univ. of California, Berkeley) proposes that corporations are transforming themselves into global networks, and that in the process, every aspect of life is changing. Drawing from research in the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, he shows how cultural and institutional factors will continue to shape the form that corporate networks will take in each economy. Castells's far-reaching analysis of this network transformation covers the workplace extensively, but also extends to subjects as far afield as art, architecture, and death. Castells rejects the idea that we are entering a postindustrial society. Instead, he views information as having become an essential input within traditional, industrial, agricultural, and service economies. This large interdisciplinary volume, with a bibliography of more than 50 pages, is the first installment of a three-volume set. A brief review cannot do it justice. No other scholar has approached the subject of the information age in as engaging and innovative a way as this author. Strongly recommended for academic libraries. M. Perelman California State University, Chico


Choice Review

Castells (Univ. of California, Berkeley) proposes that corporations are transforming themselves into global networks, and that in the process, every aspect of life is changing. Drawing from research in the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, he shows how cultural and institutional factors will continue to shape the form that corporate networks will take in each economy. Castells's far-reaching analysis of this network transformation covers the workplace extensively, but also extends to subjects as far afield as art, architecture, and death. Castells rejects the idea that we are entering a postindustrial society. Instead, he views information as having become an essential input within traditional, industrial, agricultural, and service economies. This large interdisciplinary volume, with a bibliography of more than 50 pages, is the first installment of a three-volume set. A brief review cannot do it justice. No other scholar has approached the subject of the information age in as engaging and innovative a way as this author. Strongly recommended for academic libraries. M. Perelman California State University, Chico


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