Networks of Outrage and Hope

Networks of Outrage and Hope : Social Movements in the Internet Age

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This book is an exploration of the new forms of social movementsand protests that are erupting in the world today, from the Arabuprisings to the indignadas movement in Spain, and the Occupy WallStreet movement in the US. While these and similar social movementsdiffer in many important ways, there is one thing they share incommon: they are all interwoven inextricably with the creation ofautonomous communication networks supported by the Internet andwireless communication. In this timely and important book, Manuel Castells theleading scholar of our contemporary networked society examines the social, cultural and political roots of these newsocial movements, studies their innovative forms ofself-organization, assesses the precise role of technology in thedynamics of the movements, suggests the reasons for the supportthey have found in large segments of society, and probes theircapacity to induce political change by influencing people sminds. Based on original fieldwork by the author and his collaboratorsas well as secondary sources, this book provides a path-breakinganalysis of the new forms of social movements, and offers ananalytical template for advancing the debates triggered by themconcerning the new forms of social change and political democracyin the global network society.

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 24mm | 419.99g
  • Polity Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745662854
  • 9780745662855
  • 76,561

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"A timely and important book [Castells'] claims arepowerful, his prose captivating and the examples he uses arefascinating." e-InternationalRelations

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About Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells is University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chairof Communication Technology and Society at the University ofSouthern California, Los Angeles, as well as Professor Emeritus ofSociology and Planning, University of California, Berkeley. He haspublished 26 books including the trilogy "The Information Age:Economy, Society, and Culture", translated in 22 languages, and"Communication Power". He is a Fellow of the American Academy ofPolitical and Social Science, the British Academy, theAcademia Europaea, and the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics. Hewas a founding board member of the European Research Council. Hewas awarded the 2012 Holberg Prize from the Parliament of Norway.

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