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Manuel Castells : the theory of the network society

Author: Felix Stalder
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2006.
Series: Key contemporary thinkers (Cambridge, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
For the past three decades, Manuel Castells has been at the forefront of debates about contemporary social transformations. This book provides the first in-depth study of Castells' entire body of work.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Manuel Castells; Manuel Castells; Manuel Castells; Manuel Castells; Manuel Castells
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Felix Stalder
ISBN: 0745632777 9780745632773 0745632769 9780745632766
OCLC Number: 61176654
Notes: University of KwaZulu-Natal Library notes:
2 10
Description: x, 255 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1: Transformation of baselines --
Neo-Marxism and the renewal of urban sociology --
Technology and social change --
Informationalism --
Epistemology --
The politics of research --
2: Production --
Postindustrialism --
The economic crisis of the 1970s --
Internationalization of the economy --
Global financial markets --
The network enterprise --
Individualization of labor --
Informational capitalism: critical issues --
3: Experience --
Social movements as subjects of history --
Social movements beyond the local --
Social movements and the creation of identity --
Two case studies --
Social movements and the culture of real virtuality --
4: The network state and informational politics --
The theory of the state --
The crisis of the nation-state --
Informational politics --
The reaffirmation of the state --
The rise of the network state? --
Power and networks --
5: Flows and places --
Castells's theory of space --
The space of flows --
The time of flows --
Cities in the space of flows --
6: The logic of networks --
What is a network? --
Informational networks --
The network logic --
Preeminence of morphology over action.
Series Title: Key contemporary thinkers (Cambridge, England)
Responsibility: Felix Stalder.
Local System Bib Number:
(Sirsi) a915114
(Sirsi) 915114


The book serves as both an excellent introduction to Manuel Castellss wide-ranging theories and an innovative critique which contributes to ongoing debates in the field. It will be of particular  Read more...
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"Manuel Castells holds a well-deserved place at the centre of debates over the 'information age' that he helped to name. Felix Stalder offers a sustained and careful appraisal of Castells's work, Read more...

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