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By Manuel Castells

ISBN-10: 0199567042

ISBN-13: 9780199567041

We are living in the course of a revolution in communique applied sciences that is affecting the best way humans believe, imagine, and behave. The mass media (including web-based media), Manuel Castells argues, has develop into the gap the place political and company energy recommendations are performed out; energy now lies within the arms of these who comprehend or keep an eye on conversation.
during the last thirty years, Castells has emerged as one of many world's major communications theorists. during this, his such a lot far-reaching publication for a decade, he explores the character of energy itself, within the new communications setting. His imaginative and prescient encompasses enterprise, media, neuroscience, expertise, and, primarily, politics. His case histories comprise worldwide media deregulation, the incorrect information that surrounded the invasion of Iraq, environmental pursuits, the function of the net within the Obama presidential crusade, and media keep an eye on in Russia and China. within the new community society of speedy messaging, social networking, and blogging--"mass self-communication"--politics is essentially media politics. This truth is at the back of a world quandary of political legitimacy that demanding situations the which means of democracy in a lot of the area.
Deeply researched, far-reaching in scope, and incisively argued, this can be a e-book for somebody who desires to comprehend the dynamics and personality of the fashionable world.

"How may Manuel Castells have anticipated that now's the time of the correct typhoon? i don't be aware of. yet i know that his new ebook coincides with the biggest downturn in international economies because the Nineteen Thirties, with crucial American election because the Sixties, with a such a lot radical transformation of worldwide politics in lots of generations, and with the main profound reevaluation of the lives of contemporary electorate, from what they price to how they impart. we have now turn into used to Castells' cautious scholarship and penetrating analyses yet during this new publication he cuts deeper into the guts of the problem. occasionally he presents illuminating solutions and the place he can't, he frames the questions that has to be responded. it is a strong and masses wanted publication for a global in crisis."--Antonio Damasio

"Manuel Castells unites the brain of a social scientist with the soul of an artist. His trilogy took us to the sting of the millennium. This ebook takes us past to the severe crossroads of the twenty first century, the place expertise, verbal exchange, and tool converge."--Rosalind Williams, Director, software on technological know-how, know-how and Society, MIT

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But in terms of value-making (in finance, in manufacturing, in research, in sports, in entertainment, in military action, or in political capital), it is the self-programmable worker who counts for any organization in control of resources. Thus, the organization of the work process in the network society acts on a binary logic, dividing self-programmable labor from generic labor. Furthermore, the flexibility and adaptability of both kinds of labor to a constantly changing environment is a precondition for their use as labor.

The democratic exercise of power is ultimately dependent on the institutional capacity to transfer meaning generated by communicative action into the functional coordination of action organized in the state under the principles of constitutional consensus. So, constitutional access to coercive capacity and communicative resources that enable the co-production of meaning complement each other in establishing power relationships. Thus, in my view, some of the most influential theories of power, in spite of their theoretical and ideological differences, share a similar, multifaceted analysis of the construction of power in society: 1 violence, the threat to resort to it, disciplinary discourses, the threat to enact discipline, the institutionalization of power relationships as reproducible domination, and the legitimation process by which values and rules are accepted by the subjects of reference, are all interacting elements in the process of producing and reproducing power relationships in social practices and in organizational forms.

When resistance and rejection become significantly stronger than compliance and acceptance, power relationships are transformed: the terms of the relationship change, the powerful lose power, and ultimately there is a process of institutional change or structural change, depending on the extent of the transformation of power relationships. Or else power relationships become non-social relationships. This is because, if a power relationship can only be enacted by relying on structural domination backed by violence, those in power, in order to maintain their domination, must destroy the relational capacity of the resisting actor(s), thus canceling the relationship itself.

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