Manuel Castells / Edition 1

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"This book provides the first complete study of Castells's theory of the network society. It is a critical examination of his account of "informational capitalism," of global social movements as the source of new values, and of networked governance. Felix Stalder also provides an original and in-depth account of the theory of the "space of flows" and of Castells's particular notion of the network." The book serves as both an excellent introduction to Castells's wide-ranging theories and an innovative critique which contributes to ongoing debates in the field. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars in sociology, politics, geography and the social sciences generally.
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"Manuel Castells holds a well-deserved place at the centre ofdebates over the 'information age' that he helped to name. FelixStalder offers a sustained and careful appraisal of Castells'swork, both incisively critical at some points and generouslyacknowledging the quality of his achievement at others."

David Lyon, Queens University, Ontario

"This book is a very beautiful model of how one mind engageswith another: Felix Stalder has seized the essence of ManuelCastells's work and its immense relevance to our time. Daring to bepositively critical, Stalder enlarges and also defines Castells'sarguments. Thus the book multiplies Castells by Stalder and theresult is an instant expansion of the mind of the reader."

Derrick DeKerckhove, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632766
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Felix Stalder, University of Applied Arts Social Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland

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Table of Contents

1 Transformation of baselines 9
Neo-Marxism and the renewal of urban sociology 13
Technology and social change 20
Informationalism 28
Epistemology 33
The politics of research 38
2 Production 42
Postindustrialism 43
The economic crisis of the 1970s 46
Internationalization of the economy 48
Global financial markets 50
The network enterprise 55
Individualization of labor 61
Informational capitalism : critical issues 65
3 Experience 75
Social movements as subjects of history 76
Social movements beyond the local 81
Social movements and the creation of identity 83
Two case studies 87
Social movements and the culture of real virtuality 99
4 The network state and informational politics 104
The theory of the state 106
The crisis of the nation-state 109
Informational politics 115
The reaffirmation of the state 118
The rise of the network state? 122
Power and networks 128
5 Flows and places 141
Castells's theory of space 142
The space of flows 145
The time of flows 155
Cities in the space of flows 162
6 The logic of networks 167
What is a network? 169
Informational networks 181
The network logic 185
Preeminence of morphology over action 196
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