The Informational City: Economic Restructuring and Urban Development / Edition 1

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The cities and the regions of the world are being transformed under the combined impact of a restructuring of the capitalist system and a technological revolution. This is the thesis of this book, now in paperback. Castells not only brings together an impressive array of evidence to support it but puts forward a new body of theory to explain it. He analyzes the interaction between information technology, economic restructuring and socio-spatial change through the empirical observation of contemporary national, urban and regional processes in the capitalist world, with emphasis on the United States. The author summarizes a very wide range of evidence of urban and regional development, and isolates the causes and consequences of the processes and trends that may be observed.

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"The Informational City is a major achievement, a realtour-de-force. Although many other social scientists have beengroping their way towards an understanding of the new economy andsociety, Castells has leap-frogged them all to produce thedefinitive analysis that will surely stand for years to come."Peter Hall, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Castells provides a careful and closely-argued exposition. Thisis the book to read to find out ... how the space economy of theUnited States is being reshaped. Castells describes in compellingdetail a burgeoning sphere of communication flows which istransforming organisations, work, and individual lives." NigelThrift, New Statesman and Society

"The Informational City is one of [Castells] mostimportant works. In it he presents an impressive synthesis drawingon the results of a large number of research studies ... Castellshas managed simultaneously to provide the best available summary ofthe best studies on the new regional industrial structure of theUSA, and a set of thought-provoking essays about the deep structureof the information technology revolution and neo-conservativeeconomic policies. The book will be of use to teachers andresearchers alike." Ian Miles, University of Sussex

"This book is provocative and relatively easy to read. Theauthor presents a convincing case for the dawn of an informationalage that promises to complicate capitalist social organization."Growth and Change

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631179375
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Manuel Castells has written fourteen books, including The Economic Crisis and American Society and The City and the Grassroots, winner of the 1983 C. Wright Mills Award.

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Table of Contents



1. The Informational Mode of Development and the Restructuringof Capitalism.

2. The New Industrial Space. The Locational Pattern ofInformation Technology Manufacturing and its effects of SpacialDynamics.

3. The Space Flows. The Use of New Technologies in theInformation Economy and the Dialectics between Centralization andDecentralization of Services.

4. Information Technology, The Restructuring of Capital-LabourRelationships, and the Rise of the Dual City.

5. High Technology and the Transition from the Urban WelfareState to the Suburban Warfare State.

6. The Internationalization of the Economy, New Technologies,and the Variable Geometry of Spatial Structure.


Appendix to Chapter 2.


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