Technocities: The Culture and Political Economy of the Digital Revolution

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Information and communication technologies are said to be transforming urban life dramatically and bringing about rapid economic and cultural globalization. This book explores the many fascinating and urgent issues involved by relating advanced theoretical debates to practical matters of communication with cultural policy. It maps out a range of 'optimistic' and 'pessimistic' scenarios with special regard to various forms of inequality, particularly class, gender and geopolitical. Topics discussed include urban planning, virtual cities and actual cities, economic and political policy, and critical social analysis of current trends that are of momentous consequence. The book concludes that it is necessary to bring together a number of diffe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761955559
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/22/1999
  • Series: Technology Series
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Jim Mc Guigan (B.Sc., M.Phil., P.G.C.E., Ph.D., F.R.S.A.) is Professor of Cultural Analysis in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. After studying at the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Leicester, Jim worked as a research officer at the Arts Council of GB and as a script editor in BBC TV's Drama (Plays) Department.

Jim has worked in various institutions of higher education over the years. In 1998, he found himself at Loughborough in the congenial research environment of the Department of Social Sciences. He has published a number of books, his best known being Cultural Populism, which came out in 1992. Since then, he has published Culture and the Public Sphere (1996), Cultural Methodologies (1997), Modernity and Postmodern Culture (1999, 2nd edn 2006), and Rethinking Cultural Policy (2004); and he has co-edited Studying Culture (1993 & 1997) with Ann Gray and Technocities (1999) with John Downey.

He is also a Visiting Fellow in Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, a Panel Member and College Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He serves on five editorial boards and has various links with universities around the world where he has been a visiting professor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Jim Mc Guigan
Towards Urban Cyberspace Planning - Stephen Graham
Grounding the Global through Urban Telematics Policy and Planning
Foreclosing on the City? The Bad Idea of Virtual Urbanism - Kevin Robins
Information and Communications Technologies - Frank Webster
Luddism Revisited
Fishing with False Teeth - Simone Bergman and Liesbet van Zoonen
Women, Gender and the Internet
The Ideal City and the Virtual Hive - Julian Stallabrass
Modernism and Emergent Order in Computer Culture
Xs 4 All? 'Information Society' Policy and Practice in the European Union - John Downey
Beyond Infrastructure - Leen d'Haenens
Europe, The USA and Canada on the Information Highway
Technocities and Development - Simon Bell
Images of Inferno and Utopia
Designs on the City - John Pickering
Urban Experience in the Age of Electronic Reproduction
New Technologies - Douglas Kellner
Technocities and the Prospects for Democratization

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