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This penetrating book raises questions about how power and resistance operate in contemporary society. Scott Lash argues that critique must take place from within information flows, rather than from the safety of `academic detachment' and that information is power. The book identifies a central contradiction of the information society, that is, the more intelligent and rational that the information society becomes, the more irrational may be the consequences. Written by one of the most celebrated commentators on power and culture, the book is a major testament on the prospects of intellectual life in an age dominated by seemingly inexhaustible, global flows of information.

Unruly Objects: The Consequences of Reflexivity
Unruly objects: The consequences of reflexivity

Chapters 3 and 4 addressed primarily forms of sociation – political, economic and cultural – in the global information order. If the working class political party and the small avant-gardes of political and aesthetic intellectuals were carriers of critique in the national manufacturing order, then the forms of sociation discussed in the above chapters are often at the same time the carriers, the vehicles potentially of the critique of information. This chapter turns our gaze to the conditions of existence of these sociations, to what might be called the structural principles of the information order itself. But these conditions are not perhaps primarily structural. In place of the old social structures of the manufacturing ...

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