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The Informational City: Economic Restructuring and Urban Development

ISBN: 978-0-631-17937-5
416 pages
April 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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The cities and the regions of the world are being transformed under the combined impact of a restructuring of the capitalist system and a technological revolution. This is the thesis of this book, now in paperback. Castells not only brings together an impressive array of evidence to support it but puts forward a new body of theory to explain it. He analyzes the interaction between information technology, economic restructuring and socio-spatial change through the empirical observation of contemporary national, urban and regional processes in the capitalist world, with emphasis on the United States. The author summarizes a very wide range of evidence of urban and regional development, and isolates the causes and consequences of the processes and trends that may be observed.
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Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. The Informational Mode of Development and the Restructuring of Capitalism.

2. The New Industrial Space. The Locational Pattern of Information Technology Manufacturing and its effects of Spacial Dynamics.

3. The Space Flows. The Use of New Technologies in the Information Economy and the Dialectics between Centralization and Decentralization of Services.

4. Information Technology, The Restructuring of Capital-Labour Relationships, and the Rise of the Dual City.

5. High Technology and the Transition from the Urban Welfare State to the Suburban Warfare State.

6. The Internationalization of the Economy, New Technologies, and the Variable Geometry of Spatial Structure.

Conclusion.

Appendix to Chapter 2.

Index.
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Manuel Castells has written fourteen books, including The Economic Crisis and American Society and The City and the Grassroots, winner of the 1983 C. Wright Mills Award.
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  • First systematic study of the relationship between information technology and spatial change at local, regional and national levels.

  • Integrates an analysis of technological change and economic restructuring.

  • Articulates a social theory together with detailed empirical analyses of both economic and technological change.
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"The Informational City is a major achievement, a real tour-de-force. Although many other social scientists have been groping their way towards an understanding of the new economy and society, Castells has leap-frogged them all to produce the definitive analysis that will surely stand for years to come." Peter Hall, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Castells provides a careful and closely-argued exposition. This is the book to read to find out ... how the space economy of the United States is being reshaped. Castells describes in compelling detail a burgeoning sphere of communication flows which is transforming organisations, work, and individual lives." Nigel Thrift, New Statesman and Society

"The Informational City is one of [Castells] most important works. In it he presents an impressive synthesis drawing on the results of a large number of research studies ... Castells has managed simultaneously to provide the best available summary of the best studies on the new regional industrial structure of the USA, and a set of thought-provoking essays about the deep structure of the information technology revolution and neo-conservative economic policies. The book will be of use to teachers and researchers alike." Ian Miles, University of Sussex

"This book is provocative and relatively easy to read. The author presents a convincing case for the dawn of an informational age that promises to complicate capitalist social organization." Growth and Change

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