Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells

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First in-depth study of Manuell Castells pioneering work
Traces Castells thought from his work on urban change in the 1970s to his recent theories of global social transformations
Distills the central ideas in Castells work into an accessible and concise introduction for undergraduate students
Explores Castells writings on the network society, informational capitalism and democracy in crisis
Provides a critical analysis of Castells thought in relation to ongoing debates about globalization
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745632777
  • 9780745632773
  • 769,480

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"Manuel Castells holds a well-deserved place at the centre of debates over the 'information age' that he helped to name. Felix Stalder offers a sustained and careful appraisal of Castells's work, both incisively critical at some points and generously acknowledging the quality of his achievement at others." David Lyon, Queens University, Ontario "This book is a very beautiful model of how one mind engages with another: Felix Stalder has seized the essence of Manuel Castells's work and its immense relevance to our time. Daring to be positively critical, Stalder enlarges and also defines Castells's arguments. Thus the book multiplies Castells by Stalder and the result is an instant expansion of the mind of the reader." Derrick DeKerckhove, University of Toronto
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Manuel Castells highly-acclaimed trilogy, The Information Age, represents the most comprehensive attempt to develop a coherent social theory of the present day. From his early, groundbreaking work on urban change and social movements, to his current work on the social transformations in a globalized
world based on the use of new communication technologies, Castells has been at the forefront of contemporary debates for over three decades. At the heart of his theory lies the claim that we are witnessing a shift from vertically-integrated hierarchies to flexible, distributed networks which structure dominant social processes as well as the main challenges launched
against them. His scope, rigor and style have earned him favorable comparison with the great classics of sociology, particularly Max Weber.

This book provides the first complete study of Castells theory of the network society. It is a critical examination of his analysis 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 particular notion of the character of informational networks. The book serves as both an
excellent introduction to Castells wide-ranging theories and an innovative critique which contributes to ongoing debates in the field.
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About Felix Stalder

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

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Transformations of Base Lines Neo-Marxism and Renewal of Urban Sociology Technology and Social Change Informationalism Epistemology The Politics of Research Chapter Two: Production Post-Industrialism The Economic Crisis of the 1970s Internationalization of the Economy Global Financial Markets The Network Enterprise Individualisation of Labor Informational Capitalism: Critical Issues Chapter Three: Experience Social Movements as Subjects of History Social Movements Beyond the Local Social Movements and the Creation of Identity Two Case Studies Chapter Four: The Network State and Informational Politics The Theory of the State The Crisis of the Nation State Informational Politics The Reaffirmation of the State The Rise of the Network State? Power and Networks Chapter Five: Flows and Places Castells' Theory of Space The Space of Flows The Time of Flows Cities in the Space of Flows Chapter Six: The Logic of Networks What is a Network? Informational Networks The Network Logic Preeminence of Morphology over Action Conclusion Bibliography of Manuel Castells Books: Author or Main Author Books: Co-authored Books: Edited or Co-Edited Articles, Essays and Book Chapters Main Research Monographs, 1984 - 2004 Books on Manuel Castells References
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