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Internet Galaxy : Reflections on Internet Business and Society - Manuel Castells

Internet Galaxy

Reflections on Internet Business and Society

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780199241538
Number Of Pages: 304

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The Web has been with us for less than a decade. The popular and commercial diffusion of the Internet has been extraordinary-instigating and enabling changes in virtually every area of human activity and society. We have new systems of communication, new businesses, new media and sources of information, new forms of political and cultural expression, new forms of teaching and learning, and new communities. But how much do we know about the Internet-its history, its technology, its culture, and its uses? What are its implications for the business world and society at large? The diffusion has been so rapid that it has outpaced the capacity for well-grounded analysis. Some say everything will change, others that little will change. Manuel Castells is widely regarded as the leading analyst of the Information Age and the Network Society. In addition to his academic work, he acts as adviser at the highest inter-national levels. In this short, accessible, and informative book he brings his experience and knowledge to bear on the Internet Galaxy. How did it all begin? What are the cultures that make up and contest the Internet? How is it shaping the new business organization and re-shaping older business organizations? What are the realities of the digital divide? How has the Internet affected social and cultural organization, political participation and communication, and urban living? These are just some of the questions addressed in this much needed book. Castells avoids any predictions or prescriptions-there have been enough of those-but instead draws on an extraordinary range of detailed evidence and research to describe what is happening, and to help us understand how the Internet has become the medium of the new network society.

`... a wealth of new material on the new economy, e-commerce, digital politics, virtual communities and the digital divide ... sheds some much-needed empirical light on the geography of Web-based communications ... The Internet Galaxy is a tour d'horizon of some recent developments in the Internet and related technologies ... The author is a noted social theorist and one of the world's best-known computer intellectuals ... The Internet Galaxy offers a highly distinctive antidote to the teleology and hype which has surrounded discussion of the Internet and other ICTs.' Prometheus `A readable, articulate and persuasive account of why the internet's most powerful impacts on the shape of business, politics and society may be yet to come. Castells is the nearest thing the internet has to a founding philosopher.' Charles Leadbetter - Financial Times `One of Castells' great strengths is his ability to combine academic rigour with an appetite to engage with current social and economic trends. He brings to this task an impressive array of knowledge about cities, labour markets, business history and technology. As a result his writing combines a sense of excitement and energy, with the sage judgement needed to resist glib simplifications and address the complex factors driving the internet.' Charles Leadbetter - Financial Times `One of Castells' great strengths is his ability to combine academic rigour with an appetite to engage with current social and economic trends... His writing combines a sense of excitement and energy, with the sage judgement needed to resist glib simplifications and address the complex factors driving the internet.' Charles Leadbetter - Financial Times `A very readable and stimulating book.' Professor Laurie Taylor, BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' `Manuel Castells is today the most insightful theoretician of the information society, perhaps the Marx or the Marcuse of the New Economy.' Federico Rampini, La Revista dei Libri, May 2000 `A magnus opus if ever there was one, these three books together constitute, in my view, the finest piece of contemporary social analysis for at least a generation.' Frank Webster, British Journal of Sociology 49, 1998 `Among technology's intelligentsia Castells has quickly earned a reputation as a pioneer, someone who has hacked out a logical, well-documented, and coherent picture of early 21st century civilization, even as it rockets forward largely in a blur.' Paul Van Slambrouck, The Christian Science Monitor, 27th November 1998 `The most compelling attempt yet made to map the contours of the global information age.' Anthony Giddens, New Statesman, 23rd January 1998

Introduction 1: Lessons from the History of the Internet 2: The Internet Culture 3: E-business and the New Economy 4: Virtual Communities or Network Society? 5: The Politics of the Internet (I): Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State 6: The Politics of the Internet (II): Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace 7: Multimedia and the Internet: The Hypertext beyond Convergence 8: The Geography of the Internet: Networked Places 9: The Digital Divide in Global Perspective 10: Conclusion: The Challenges of the Network Society

ISBN: 9780199241538
ISBN-10: 0199241538
Series: Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55