Castells and the Media

Castells and the Media : Theory and Media

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One of the most prolific and respected scholars today, Manuel Castells has given us a new language for understanding the impact of information and communication technologies on social life. Politicians can no longer run for office without a digital media strategy, new communication technologies are a fundamental infrastructure for the economy, and the internet has become an invaluable tool for cultural production and consumption. Yet as more of our political, economic, and cultural interaction occurs over digital media, the ability to create and manipulate both content and networks becomes real power. Castells and the Media introduces a great thinker, presents original theories about the network society, and encourages readers to use these theories to help them understand the importance of digital media and social networks in their own lives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 12mm | 199.58g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • figures
  • 074565259X
  • 9780745652597
  • 1,252,261

Review quote

"Howard has traced for us the often invisible elements of an intellectual trajectory by a major thinker on the new technologies. It is a wonderful and often surprising account - bringing to life the multiple and messy ways in which these new technologies are shaped, sharpened, undermined by the social conditions within which they get used." Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages "The network perspective is proving to be the most important contemporary frame with which to understand the forces shaping technology, economics and society in the 21st century. Howard provides a clear, comprehensive and critical explanation of the work of the world's pre-eminent network theorist, Manuel Castells. Using accessible language the reader is introduced to Castells' ideas about media, globalization, digitalization, and, most importantly, power. Castells and the Media shows just how important and central Castells is for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary society and media." Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago "Howard's Castells and the Media offers a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the key social scientists of our time pertaining to the study of media. This is a highly readable and inviting text, engaging students with a warm welcome to Castells' work." Mark Deuze, Indiana Universityshow more

Back cover copy

One of the most prolific and respected scholars today, Manuel Castells has given us a new language for understanding the impact of information and communication technologies on social life. Politicians can no longer run for office without a digital media strategy, new communication technologies are a fundamental infrastructure for the economy, and the internet has become an invaluable tool for cultural production and consumption. Yet as more of our political, economic, and cultural interaction occurs over digital media, the ability to create and manipulate both content and networks becomes real power. Castells and the Media introduces a great thinker, presents original theories about the network society, and encourages readers to use these theories to help them understand the importance of digital media and social networks in their own lives.show more

About Philip N. Howard

Philip Howard is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington.show more

Table of contents

Detailed Table of Contents List of Figures Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Castells and the Theory of the Network Society Chapter 2: Media Economics and Life Online Chapter 3: Networks of Power and Politics Chapter 4: Cultural Industries in a Digital Century Chapter 5: Mobile and Social Media Chapter 6: ConclusionNMedia Rules and The Rules of Media Appendix Glossary and Index Referencesshow more

Review Text

"Howard has traced for us the often invisible elements of an intellectual trajectory by a major thinker on the new technologies. It is a wonderful and often surprising account - bringing to life the multiple and messy ways in which these new technologies are shaped, sharpened, undermined by the social conditions within which they get used." Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages "The network perspective is proving to be the most important contemporary frame with which to understand the forces shaping technology, economics and society in the 21st century. Howard provides a clear, comprehensive and critical explanation of the work of the world's pre-eminent network theorist, Manuel Castells. Using accessible language the reader is introduced to Castells' ideas about media, globalization, digitalization, and, most importantly, power. Castells and the Media shows just how important and central Castells is for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary society and media." Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago "Howard's Castells and the Media offers a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the key social scientists of our time pertaining to the study of media. This is a highly readable and inviting text, engaging students with a warm welcome to Castells' work." Mark Deuze, Indiana Universityshow more

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