The rise of the network society : volume i: the information age: economy, society, and culture

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A little over a decade since its first publication, the hypotheses set out in Manuel Castells' groundbreaking trilogy have largely been verified. In a substantial new preface to the first volume in the series, Castells demonstrates, in the light of major world trends, how the network society has now fully risen on a global scale.

The book discusses how 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.

Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Castells, formulates a systematic theory of the information society and details the new social and economic developments brought by the Internet and the 'new economy'.

List of Figures

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Prologue: the Net and the Self:

Technology, Society, and Historical Change

Informationalism, Industrialism, Capitalism, Statism: Modes of Development and Modes of Production 13

The Self in the Informational Society

A Word on Method

1. The Information Technology Revolution:

Which Revolution?

Lessons from the Industrial Revolution

The Historical Sequence of the Information Technology Revolution

Models, Actors, and Sites of the Information Technology Revolution

The Information Technology Paradigm

2. The New Economy: Informationalism, Globalization, Networking:

Productivity, Competitiveness, and the Informational Economy

The Global Economy: Structure, Dynamics, and Genesis

The New Economy

3. 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

Information Technology and the Network Enterprise

Culture, Institutions, and Economic Organization: East Asian Business Networks

Japan

Korea

China

Multinational Enterprises, Transnational Corporations, and International Networks

The Spirit of Informationalism

4. The Transformation of Work and Employment: Networkers, Jobless, and Flex-timers:

The Historical Evolution of Employment and Occupational Structure in Advanced Capitalist Countries: the G-7, 1920-2005

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: Flex-timers

Information Technology and the Restructuring of Capital-Labor Relations: Social Dualism or Fragmented Societies?

Appendix A: Statistical Tables for Chapter 4

Appendix B: Methodological Note and Statistical References

5. The Culture of Real Virtuality: the Integration of Electronic Communication, the End of the Mass Audience, and the Rise of Interactive Networks:

From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the McLuhan Galaxy: the Rise of Mass Media Culture

The New Media and the Diversification of Mass Audience

Computer-mediated Communication, Institutional Control, Social Networks, and Virtual Communities

The Grand Fusion: Multimedia as Symbolic Environment

The Culture of Real Virtuality

6. The Space of Flows:

Advanced Services, Information Flows, and the Global City

The New Industrial Space

Everyday Life in the Electronic Cottage: the End of Cities?

The Transformation of Urban Form: the Informational City

The Social Theory of Space and the Theory of the Space of Flows

The Architecture of the End of History

Space of Flows and Space of Places

7. The Edge of Forever: Timeless Time:

Time, History, and Society

Time as the Source of Value: the Global Casino

Flex-time and the Network Enterprise

The Shrinking and Twisting of Life Working Time

The Blurring of the Life-cycle: Toward Social Arrhythmia?

Death Denied

Instant Wars

Virtual Time

Time, Space, and Society: the Edge of Forever

Conclusion: the Network Society

Summary of the Contents of Volumes II and III

Bibliography

Index