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The Power of Identity: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Volume II (The Rise of Network Society #2)

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In this second volume of The Information Age trilogy, with an extensive new preface following the recent global economic crisis, Manuel Castells deals with the social, political, and cultural dynamics associated with the technological transformation of our societies and with the globalization of the economy.
Extensive new preface examines how dramatic recent events have tra
ebook, 584 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1997)
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Merlyna Lim
Aug 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of Castells' trilogy. While it's never easy to read Castells' writing, mostly due to his style of writing -- repetitious, contradictory, and confusing (therefore I gave 4 stars instead of 5)-- it was so exciting to read this one. He offers a very convincing framework to grasp and understand the socio-cultural-political dynamics associated with the technological transformation of our society and with the globalization of the economy. It provides excellent analysis of the importan ...more
This was probably a bit more relevant of a text in the delirious years after the end of the Cold War, when the air was thick with "The End of History" and the incipient crushing forces of total globalization, a universal liberal democracy, and a free market of heretofore unknown efficiency... a time, in other words, when a statement as banal as "people still care about their culture, religion, etc." was actually considered important.

To sum up Castells' basic argument, identities continue to thri
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
That's a great book. I love the trilogy. I translated an essay of his, which is here:
John Borthwick
Excellent book. This came close to five stars for me but suffered somewhat from trying to cover too much, and thus leaving out some important details. Castell's first volume in The Information Age was really interesting and unique. The network society was defined as something that the political could not wrap up into a neat little formula as some have tried to do when speculating on the positive or negative effects of technological growth. Castell's made this point by presenting huge amounts of ...more
While I agree with many things Prof Castells says, I find many of his arguments tangential at best. He tends to rely on the anecdote a little too much in this book - and perhaps on small sample research (for some of his more interesting claims - especially towards sexuality and gender).

The scope of the book is ambitious to say the least, sadly he has fallen into a trap mostly reserved for economists - namely making rash statements about the world without really going too deep into the informati
Travis Albrecht
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elightening view of current social movements and how they are effecting the development of the world today. Very academic - be ware.
Terri Lynn
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
This is another book I had to read for a graduate seminar which was dull and boring. It is a little better than one of the other books for the seminar which I previously reviewed The Empire Writes Back Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures by Bill Ashcroft but not by much! Fortunately the other books required look much more interesting.

This book covers how we identify ourselves and others by our nation, gender, religion, race, ethnic group, environmentalism and more. The ideas are great- it is just that the writing is pompous. You spend so much time trying to figure ou
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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy social science
Recommended to Sekar by: My teacher
This book is useful for understanding the emergence of many social movements in today's globalised world, such as religious fundamentalism, feminism, environmentalism, etc. Castells explores how the power of identity play important roles to force social transformation in the informational society. He explains that legitimising identities are drained away as the the role of nation-state is increasingly diminished. Responding the growing acts of terrorism in this new millennium, Castells argues th ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not dynamic as its predecessor, this book is still a rewarding thing for any reader. Castells' insights on recent Mexican history, especially, intrigue.

This passage works well as any to synthesize its book's largest theme:

When the world becomes too large to be controlled, social actors aim at shrinking it back to their size and reach. When networks dissolve time and space, people anchor themselves in places, and recall their historic memory. When the patriarchal sustainment of personality
Lucía Vijil Saybe
La complejidad de Castells que le da respuesta a tanto liderazgo personalizado, manipulación tecnológica, financiación ilegal, partidos políticos sin atractivos y repetitivos y un resto burocrático, privado de la confianza pública. Es interesante desarrollar y comprender los 3 tipos de identidades que surgen en el marco de las relaciones de poder y la manera en que éstas juegan un papel determinante en los espacios para definir sentidos y funciones en una sociedad altamente cambiante y racionali ...more
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: emanuel subangun
ini buku jilid keduanya.
yang jilid pertama gak baca :-)
dulu kenal castells karena komporan pak bangun untuk buku castells yang lain: "urban questions".
lalu, buku ini beli untuk perpustakaan [dan saya nebeng baca] karena tertarik tajuk-tajuk yang mengisinya, yakni tentang konstruksi identitas dan gerakan-gerakan sosial yang diakibatkannya. termasuk adalah gerakan fundamentalisme di banyak agama.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic overview of neo-liberal identities in the globalized world. He thoroughly puts into perspective how social networks are operating and interacting, how grass-roots movements are re-shaping identity, and the operations of us-them dichotomies around the world.
Liesda Dachlan
Very sorry, I don't know to say about this book as I've never read it at all. Though, all Castells works I like and love them very much.
Great analysis!
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Rise of Network Society (3 books)
  • The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Volume I
  • End of Millennium: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture , Volume III