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Digital Formations : IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm - Robert Latham

Digital Formations

IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm

By: Robert Latham (Editor), Saskia Sassen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th July 2005
ISBN: 9780691119878
Number Of Pages: 384

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Computer-centered networks and technologies are reshaping social relations and constituting new social domains on a global scale, from virtually borderless electronic markets and Internet-based large-scale conversations to worldwide open source software development communities, transnational corporate production systems, and the global knowledge-arenas associated with NGO networks. This book explores how such "digital formations" emerge from the ever-changing intersection of computer-centered technologies and the broad range of social contexts that underlie much of what happens in cyberspace.

While viewing technologies fundamentally in social rather than technical terms, "Digital Formations" nonetheless emphasizes the importance of recognizing the specific technical capacities of digital technologies. Importantly, it identifies digital formations as a new area of study in the social sciences and in thinking about globalization. The ten chapters, by leading scholars, examine key social, political, and economic developments associated with these new configurations of organization, space, and interaction. They address the operation of digital formations and their implications for the development of longstanding institutions and for their wider contexts and fields, and they consider the political, economic, and other forces shaping those formations and how the formations, in turn, are shaping such forces.

Following a conceptual introduction by the editors are chapters by Hayward Alker, Jonathan Bach and David Stark, Lars-Erik Cederman and Peter A. Kraus, Dieter Ernst, D. Linda Garcia, Doug Guthrie, Robert Latham, Warren Sack, Saskia Sassen, and Steven Weber.

"A valuable contribution to scholarship, and one that I enjoyed reading, Digital Formations takes a unique approach to the subject of information technology. In seeking to build new conceptual frameworks and develop new perspectives, it provides a solid foundation for the elaboration of future empirical and theoretical work on IT and globalization." - Michel S. Laguerre, University of California, Berkeley, author of The Informal City and The Global Ethnopolis "Comprehensive and insightful, Digital Formations will be greeted warmly in the fields that over-lap its concerns. It addresses a most important set of questions concerning the relationship of information technologies to globalization. And this is an urgent topic for social science." - Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine, author of The Mode of Information and What's the Matter with the Internet?"

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Digital Formations: Constructing an Object of Studyp. 1
Spaces of Knowledgep. 35
Recombinant Technology and New Geographies of Associationp. 37
Electronic Markets and Activist Networks: The Weight of Social Logics in Digital Formationsp. 54
The New Mobility of Knowledge: Digital Information Systems and Global Flagship Networksp. 89
Networks of Cooperationp. 115
Cooperative Networks and the Rural-Urban Dividep. 117
Networks, Information, and the Rise of the Global Internetp. 146
The Political Economy of Open Source Software and Why It Mattersp. 178
Designs and Institutionsp. 213
Designing Information Resources for Transboundary Conflict Early Warning Networksp. 215
Discourse Architecture and Very Large-scale Conversationp. 242
Transnational Communication and the European Demosp. 283
Information Technology and State Capacity in Chinap. 312
List of Contributorsp. 339
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ISBN: 9780691119878
ISBN-10: 0691119872
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 25th July 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53