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The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Volume I, 2nd Edition with a New Preface

ISBN: 978-1-4443-5631-1
656 pages
August 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Volume I, 2nd Edition with a New Preface (1444356313) cover image
This first book in Castells' groundbreaking trilogy, with a substantial new preface, highlights the economic and social dynamics of the information age and shows how the network society has now fully risen on a global scale.
  • Groundbreaking volume on the impact of the age of information on all aspects of society
  • Includes coverage of the influence of the internet and the net-economy
  • Describes the accelerating pace of innovation and social transformation
  • Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe
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List of Figures xii

List of Tables xiv

Acknowledgments 2000 xvii

Acknowledgments 1996 xlv

Preface to the 2010 Edition of The Rise of the Network Society lv

Prologue: the Net and the Self 1

Technology, Society, and Historical Change 5

Informationalism, Industrialism, Capitalism, Statism: Modes of Development and Modes of Production 13

Informationalism and capitalist perestroika 18

The Self in the Informational Society 21

A Word on Method 25

1 The Information Technology Revolution 28

Which Revolution? 28

Lessons from the Industrial Revolution 33

The Historical Sequence of the Information Technology Revolution 38

Micro-engineering macro-changes: electronics and information 39

The creation of the Internet 45

The 1970s' technological divide 53

Technologies of life 54

Social context and the dynamics of technological change 59

Models, Actors, and Sites of the Information Technology Revolution 61

The Information Technology Paradigm 69

2 The New Economy: Informationalism, Globalization, Networking 77

Productivity, Competitiveness, and the Informational Economy 78

The productivity enigma 78

Is knowledge-based productivity specific to the informational economy? 80

Informationalism and capitalism, productivity and profitability 94

The historical specificity of informationalism 99

The Global Economy: Structure, Dynamics, and Genesis 101

Global financial markets 102

Globalization of markets for goods and services: growth and transformation of international trade 106

Globalization versus regionalization 110

The internationalization of production: multinational corporations and international production networks 116

Informational production and selective globalization of science and technology 124

Global labor? 130

The geometry of the global economy: segments and networks 132

The political economy of globalization: capitalist restructuring, information technology, and state policies 135

The New Economy 147

3 The Network Enterprise: the Culture, Institutions, and Organizations of the Informational Economy 163

Organizational Trajectories in the Restructuring of Capitalism and in the Transition from Industrialism to Informationalism 164

Network technologies and pervasive computing 51

Small business and the crisis of the large corporation: myth and reality 167

"Toyotism": management–worker cooperation, multifunctional labor, total quality control, and reduction of uncertainty 169

Inter-firm networking 172

Corporate strategic alliances 174

The horizontal corporation and global business networks 176

The crisis of the vertical corporation model and the rise of business networks 178

Networking the networks: the Cisco model 180

Information Technology and the Network Enterprise 184

Culture, Institutions, and Economic Organization: East Asian Business Networks 188

A typology of East Asian business networks 189

Japan 190

Korea 191

China 193

Culture, organizations, and institutions: Asian business networks and the developmental state 195

Multinational Enterprises, Transnational Corporations, and International Networks 206

The Spirit of Informationalism 210

4 The Transformation of Work and Employment: Networkers, Jobless, and Flex-timers 216

The Historical Evolution of Employment and Occupational Structure in Advanced Capitalist Countries: the G-7, 1920–2005 217

Post-industrialism, the service economy, and the informational society 218

The transformation of employment structure, 1920–1970 and 1970–1990 224

The new occupational structure 232

The maturing of the informational society: employment projections into the twenty-first century 237

Summing up: the evolution of employment structure and its implications for a comparative analysis of the informational society 243

From mass production to flexible production 166

The Work Process in the Informational Paradigm 255

The Effects of Information Technology on Employment: Toward a Jobless Society? 267

Work and the Informational Divide: Flex-timers 281

Information Technology and the Restructuring of Capital–Labor Relations: Social Dualism or Fragmented Societies? 296

Appendix A: Statistical Tables for Chapter 4 303

Appendix B: Methodological Note and Statistical References 338

5 The Culture of Real Virtuality: the Integration of Electronic Communication, the End of the Mass Audience, and the Rise of Interactive Networks 355

From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the McLuhan Galaxy: the Rise of Mass Media Culture 358

The New Media and the Diversification of Mass Audience 365

Computer-mediated Communication, Institutional Control, Social Networks, and Virtual Communities 371

The Minitel story: l'état et l'amour 372

The Internet constellation 375

The interactive society 385

The Grand Fusion: Multimedia as Symbolic Environment 394

The Culture of Real Virtuality 403

6 The Space of Flows 407

Advanced Services, Information Flows, and the Global City 409

The New Industrial Space 417

Everyday Life in the Electronic Cottage: the End of Cities? 424

The Transformation of Urban Form: the Informational City 429

America’s last suburban frontier 429

The fading charm of European cities 431

Third millennium urbanization: mega-cities 434

The Social Theory of Space and the Theory of the Space of Flows 440

The Architecture of the End of History 448

Space of Flows and Space of Places 453

Is There a Global Labor Force? 247

7 The Edge of Forever: Timeless Time 460

Time, History, and Society 461

Time as the Source of Value: the Global Casino 465

Flex-time and the Network Enterprise 467

The Shrinking and Twisting of Life Working Time 468

The Blurring of the Life-cycle: Toward Social Arrhythmia? 475

Death Denied 481

Instant Wars 484

Virtual Time 491

Time, Space, and Society: the Edge of Forever 494

Conclusion: the Network Society 500

Summary of the Contents of Volumes II and III 510

Bibliography 512

Index 566

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Manuel Castells is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Technology and Society at M.I.T., and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, C. Wright Mills Award, the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association, and the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award from the American Political Science Association. He is a Fellow of the European Academy, a Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He has received 14 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. He has authored 22 books, among which is the trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture, first published by Blackwell in 1996–8, and translated into 20 languages.
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New preface demonstrates the network society has now fully risen on a global scale
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  • New preface demonstrates the network society has now fully risen on a global scale
  • Groundbreaking volume on the impact of the age of information on all aspects of society
  • Includes coverage of the influence of the internet and the net-economy
  • Describes the accelerating pace of innovation and social transformation
  • Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe
See More
Reviews of the Second Edition:

"We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." (Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement)

"Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn't. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." (Wall Street Journal)

"So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." (The Economist)

"A must-read." (Wired)

"This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today's global information economy and our place in it." (Financial Times)

"A brief review cannot do it justice. No other scholar has approached the subject of the information age in as engaging and innovative a way as this author. Strongly recommended for academic libraries."
M. Perelman, California State University

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