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The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Volume I (The Rise of Network Society #1)

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This book, the first in Castells' ground-breaking trilogy, is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it aims to formulate a systematic theory of the information society which takes account of the fundamental effects of information technology on the contemporary world.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published August 15th 2000 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published September 1st 1996)
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The Rise of the Network Society is the first part of a three-volume work on sociology. It was first published in the late 1990s, and the second edition was published in 2010. Within those past twenty years, these books have become some of the most cited in modern sociology and communications theory.

Castells attempts to define and analyze the radical changes within society since 1970. What does he include as part of this radical change? This includes, but is not limited to redefinition of the per
Nikolay Mollov
Mar 16, 2013 Nikolay Mollov rated it it was amazing
Very, very serious anthropological book! Contains genealogy and the reasons for the successes and failures of different cultures at different times in technological development, which outlines how we got into the current situation. Castells examines the historical emergence of new forms of social interaction, experience, production, power and control, and what is behind it all reaching the 21st century.
Sep 13, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
I'm reading this for a class assignment. A lot of it is a useful historical review of world economic and technological trends and events from the 70s to the 90s, charting the rise of "network enterprises" as the key units of the new global economy. His main points are on the consequences of these changes, for example that the processes of innovation are marginalizing large sections of the global population, and that there is a growing antithesis between the Net and the Self leading to the rise o ...more
The three volumes that this book is a part of ate staggering in scope and often penetrating in analysis. Castells' theory of flow is groundbreaking and provides a framework for an entirely new direction in communication theory, the political economy of mediated communication, and the politics of information and culture.

One critique of these three volumes is that there are moments in all three books where Castells becomes nostalgic for a so-called authentic urban space and culture that is highly
Working in the vein of David Harvey, Castells manages to put together a wise, all-encompassing analysis, linking the "network" processes of space, time, and capital. Despite its broad scope, Castells manages to avoid heavy generalization, instead showing us how any oddities and exceptions are firmly ingrained in the network. Good for anyone interested in the state of modern society.
Sep 15, 2015 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exhaustive and pedantic tome that moves somewhat unpredictably between dryasdust academic nervousness - names and dates and light axegrinding - and genuinely original imaginings of how time and space might be reconciled.

This insight about postmodern architecture stands as a fine example of what this book offers:

The more that societies try to recover their identity beyond the global logic of uncontrolled power of flows, the more they need an architecture that exposes their own reality, without
Rodrigo Antônio
Jan 14, 2015 Rodrigo Antônio rated it really liked it
Uma visão abrangente de nossa sociedade. O autor apresenta argumentos onde procura descrever as consequências geradasb pelo advento da tecnologia no dia a dia das pessoas e das empresas. Ao seu ver o advento da tecnologia não aconteceu em função do capital, o que houve foi a adaptação do capitalismo as novas formas de tecnologia. Sua visão sobre o mercado do trabalho e o modo de produção, cita a obra de Schumpeter e faz alusão a uma massificação tecnológica acompanhada de uma crescente extratifi ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-science
A massive, boundary-spanning, all-encompassing work of social theory attempting to reformulate the way we live now. It's a big book, but full of interesting tid-bits -- a more massive companion to Jerry Davis' Managed by the Markets: How Finance Has Re-Shaped America. Castells does not wear his learning lightly, but he has a lot of it.

Hopefully, I'll sit down and write massive review it deserves soon.
Terri Lynn
What did I think? Not much. I had to read this for a graduate school seminar and had to keep slapping myself awake. The author takes hundreds of pages to say nothing other than the information age (internet, computers, social networks, etc) has changed our lives and globalized much of the world. He could have said that in one sentence rather than page after page of drivel written in what he thinks is impressive academic language but really isn't.
Cid Medeiros
Apr 06, 2015 Cid Medeiros rated it really liked it
A dark and prophetic analysis over the informational society. The author brilliantly describes the modus operandi of the deep and intricate changes our globalized world faces through the rapid movements the network imposes along the development of information technologies. A must read to grasp what might be going on right now.
Silvia Romano
Mar 30, 2014 Silvia Romano rated it it was ok
De consulta obligada si estás investigando temas relacionados con las nuevas tecnologías pero no me convence del todo. Hay un par de ideas interesantes pero el resto es repetición de los mismo.
Creo que abarca demasiados temas sin profundizar demasiado.
Por alguna razón, esta trilogía ha sido un éxito. Puede que mi intelecto no sea capaz de captar toda la esencia de este libro.

Oct 18, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref
Acerca de la empresa en red ver Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996), pp. 151-200.

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May 21, 2010 Ilias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second edition with the new preface is a must-read! Castells offers a concise insight on the mechanisms of our globalized world and provides a basis to explain the current political and financial incidents.
Mowena Glunch
Dec 18, 2011 Mowena Glunch rated it did not like it
Pompous. Terrible. Castells has perfected the art of saying next to nothing in the most overblown opaque possible. I can only hope series dies a rapid death.
Dec 01, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Dry, academic, treatse on globalization in the world today. I had to read it for a Globalization class in grad school. I never really got it; the class or the book.
Aug 15, 2012 Noora rated it liked it
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A dry academic book but it is littered with prescient insights. Dip into any section and there willbe stuff that resonates with what's going on today. A widely cited book and I can see why.
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Castells is a sociologist especially associated with information society and communication research.

The 2000–09 research survey of the Social Sciences Citation Index ranks him as the world’s fifth most-cited social science scholar, and the foremost-cited communication scholar.

A student radical, he fled from Spain to Paris in the early 1960s to escape from Francos fascist regime. In France he quick
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