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The rise of the network society /
Manuel Castells.
edition
2nd ed.
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Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
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xxix, 594 p. : ill.
ISBN
0631221409 (pb : alk. paper)
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Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
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0631221409 (pb : alk. paper)
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"New ed." -- on cover.
catalogue key
3844417
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"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."We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement."Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn't. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." G. P. Zachary, Wall Street Journal."So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. [Professor] Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." The Economist."A must-read." Wired."This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today's global information economy and our place in it." Financial Times.
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.We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement.Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn't. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." Wall Street Journal.So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." The Economist.A must-read." Wired.This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today's global information economy and our place in it." Financial Times.
"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."We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement."Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn't. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." Wall Street Journal."So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." The Economist."A must-read." Wired."This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today's global information economy and our place in it." Financial Times.
"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. "We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement. "Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn't. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." Wall Street Journal. "So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." The Economist. "A must-read." Wired. "This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today's global information economy and our place in it." Financial Times.
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Summaries
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This book, the first in Castells' ground-breaking trilogy, 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, 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 social transformation. He examines the processes of globalization that 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. 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. This new edition of The Rise of the Network Society has been substantially modified and details the new social and economic developments brought by the Internet and the 'new economy'. The volume has been updated throughout to take account of changes since its original publication.
Back Cover Copy
This book, the first in Castells' ground-breaking trilogy, 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, 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 social transformation. He examines the processes of globalization that 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. 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.This new edition of The Rise of the Network Society has been substantially modified and details the new social and economic developments brought by the Internet and the 'new economy'. The volume has been updated throughout to take account of changes since its original publication.
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This book is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Manuel Castells formulates a theory of the information society that takes account of fundamental effects of information technology on the contemporary world.
Main Description
This book, the first in Castells' ground-breaking trilogy, 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, 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.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements 2000
Acknowledgements 1996
Prologue: The Net and The Self
Technology, Society, and Historical Change
Informationalism, Industrialism, Capitalism, Statism: Modes of Development and Modes of Production
Informationalism and Capitalist Perestroyka
The Self in The Informational Society
A Word on Method
The Information Technology Revolution
Which Revolution?
Lessons From The Industrial Revolution
The Historical Sequence of The Information Technology Revolution
Micro-Engineering Macro Changes: Electronics and Information
The Creation of The Internet
Network Technologies and Pervasive Computing
The 1970s Technological Divide
Technologies of Life
Social Context and The Dynamics of Technological Change
Models, Actors, and Sites of The Information Technology Revolution
The Information Technology Paradigm
The New Economy: Informationalism, Globalization, Networking
Productivity, Competitiveness, and The Informational Economy
The Productivity Enigma
Is Knowledge-Based Productivity Specific To The Informational Economy?
Informationalism and Capitalism, Productivity and Profitability
The Historical Specificity of Informationalism
The Global Economy: Structure, Dynamics, and Genesis
Global Financial Markets
Globalization of markets for Goods and Services: Growth and Transformation of International Trade
Globalization Versus Regionalization
The Internationalization of Production: Multinational Corporations and International Production Networks
Informational Production and Selective Globalization of Science and Technology
Global Labour
The Geometry of the Global Economy: Segments and Networks
The Political Economy of Globalization: Capitalist Restructuring, Information Technology, and State Policies
The New Economy
The Network Enterprise: The Culture, Institutions, and Organizations of The Informational Economy
Organizational Trajectories in The Restructuring of Capitalism and in The Transition From Industrialism to Informationalism
From Mass Production to Flexible Production
Small Business and The Crisis of The Large Corporation: Myth and Reality
Toyotism: Management-Worker Cooperation, Multifunctional Labor, Total Quality Control, and Reduction of Uncertainty
Interfirm Networking
Corporate Strategic Alliances
The Horizontal Corporation and Global Business Networks
The Crisis of The Vertical Corporation Model and The Rise of Business Networks
Networking the Networks: The Cisco Model
Information Technology and The Network Enterprise
Culture, Institutions, and Economic Organization: East Asian Business Networks
A Typology of East Asian Business Networks
Japan
Korea
China
Culture, Organizations and Institutions: Asian Business Networks and The Developmental State
Multinational Enterprises, Transnational Corporations, and International Networks
The Spirit of Informationalism
The Transformation of Work and Employment: Networkers, Jobless, and Flextimers
The Historical Evolution of Employment and Occupational Structure in Advanced Capitalist Countries: The G-7, 1920-2005
Postindustrialism, The Service Economy, and The Informational Society
The Transformation of Employment Structure, 1920-1970 and 1970-1990
The New Occupational Structure
The Maturing of The Informational Society: Employment Projections into The Twenty-First Century
Summing Up: The Evolution of Employment Structure and Its Implications For A Comparative Analysis of The Informational Society
Is There A Global Labor Force?
The Work Process in The Informational Paradigm
The Effects of Information Technology On Employment: Toward A Jobless Society?
Work and The Informational Divide: Flextimers
Information Technology and The Restructuring of Capital-Labor Relations: Social Dualism Or Fragmented Societies?
Statistical Tables For Chapter 4
Methodological Note and Statistical References
The Culture of Real Virtuality: The Integration of Electronic Communication, The End of The Mass Audience, and The Rise of Inte
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