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The Global Network Society: Territorialization and Deterritorialization
The global network society: Territorialization and deterritorialization
  • Introduction
  • The relative autonomy of the informational mode of development?
    • Critical theoretical challenges
    • Feminist critiques
  • Informationalism and ‘capitalist perestroika’?
    • Critical theoretical challenges
  • The network as morphogenetic structure?
    • Ethnographic alternatives
    • From ethnography to discourse
    • Challenging discourse analysis from within
  • Post-structuralist approaches
  • Contingency, contradiction and contestation
  • Conclusions
Introduction

File-sharing operates across the Internet. This chapter explores the character of this global network, in particular the structuring and enabling character of global computer networks. The chapter also examines Manuel Castells’ work, that of his critics and that of others who have developed distinct and often divergent accounts of ‘network society’. At issue is the question of how technical networks impact upon the social networks from which they emerge. Castells claims powerful effects, while ...

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