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5.0 out of 5 stars Demonstrates the role of identity in the formation of massively significant global networks, political, economic
This is the second edition of the second book in the monumental and highly respected trilogy, The Rise of the Network Society, in which Manuel Castells critiques contemporary culture in terms of two interrelated factors: in the first instance there is the development of the self, the individuated human, and in the second the power of networks built not on local physical...
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Identity, False information,
This book has two inaccuracies already discovered and I have never read it yet.Frankie Schaeffer,Francis Schaeffer's son wrote the book "A Time for Anger" and Francis August Schaeffer ,his father died in 1984 not 1981.No Identity, false information and doubt caused as to whether one should buy it.Pity because I like to read a book before reviewing it but this made me...
Published on 18 Feb. 2010 by Highlander


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5.0 out of 5 stars Demonstrates the role of identity in the formation of massively significant global networks, political, economic, 27 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Power of Identity: The Information Age - Economy, Society, and Culture: 2 (Information Age Series) (Paperback)
This is the second edition of the second book in the monumental and highly respected trilogy, The Rise of the Network Society, in which Manuel Castells critiques contemporary culture in terms of two interrelated factors: in the first instance there is the development of the self, the individuated human, and in the second the power of networks built not on local physical space but on flows of time, so that people across the globe can be connected. In this volume he examines identity in relationship to some of the most significant political events - Palestine and Israel, hackers, revolutionary movements, Al Qaeda, and consumers. Although the book was written before the rise of Facebook et al, the thinking sets that up. It's a very serious study, a profound analysis and the trilogy promoted Castells to the status of being regarded as one of the top thinkers of our period.

"Our societies are increasingly structured around the bipolar opposition of the Net and the Self"; the "Net" denotes the network organisations replacing vertically integrated hierarchies as the dominant form of social organization; the Self denotes the practices a person uses in reaffirming social identity and meaning in a continually changing cultural landscape."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary take on Toeffler and Naisbitt, 17 April 1998
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This book is more the application of the theories expounded by Toeffler (Future Shock and Third Wave) and John Naisbitt (Megatrends) in the context of the Geo-political and Social happenings today. While the concepts are not necessarily new, the application is in depth and conclusions are well founded and statistically well supported. A good read for people in the fields of Science and Technology policy and Socio-psychology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for OU course, 14 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Power of Identity: The Information Age - Economy, Society, and Culture: 2 (Information Age Series) (Paperback)
Really easy to read even if I did not grasp all the concepts. Using the 'identity' approach gained a real insight into the Israel Palestine conflict - no answers but a better appreciation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Identity, False information,, 18 Feb. 2010
This book has two inaccuracies already discovered and I have never read it yet.Frankie Schaeffer,Francis Schaeffer's son wrote the book "A Time for Anger" and Francis August Schaeffer ,his father died in 1984 not 1981.No Identity, false information and doubt caused as to whether one should buy it.Pity because I like to read a book before reviewing it but this made me doubt whether it was worthwhile and was the rest of his stated interest in various identities valid and was it correct information?.These two mistakes, seen in the look inside section do not inspire confidence.Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life
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