The Internet Galaxy
Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society (Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies)
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 304 pages|
|Other Information: ||2 maps|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 31 October 2002|
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. Soem 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 international 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.
Table of Contents
Opening: The Network is the Message; 1. Lessons from the History of the Internet; 2. The Culture of the Internet; 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 a Global Perspective; Conclusion: The Challenges of the Network Society
About the Author
Manuel Castells is Professor of Planning and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also been a visiting professor in fifteen universities in Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America and has published twenty-one books, including the acclaimed trilogy TheInformation Age: Economy, Society, and Culture, which has been translated into fourteen languages.
"Absorbing history.... Castells observes that while the Internet has the potential to strengthen democracy through broadening the sources of information and enabling greater citizenship participation, it has at the same time contributed greatly to the politics of scandal.... In his sobering final chapter, the author studies the divide between peoples and regions that operate in the digital world and those that cannot."--Kirkus Reviews
"An excellent, readable, nontechnical summary of the history, social implications and likely future of Internet business."--Publishers Weekly
"Thoroughly researched...[and] truly global in scope. Castells provides balanced coverage of e-business and the new economy; the politics of the Internet, including privacy and freedom; and the geography of the Internet....Highly recommended for academic libraries."--Library Journal
"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
"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
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press|
|Dimensions: ||21.89 x 13.97 x 1.65 centimeters (0.38 kg)|