The Informational City: Economic Restructuring and Urban Development
April 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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.
Appendix to Chapter 2.
- 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.
"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