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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.

Critique of Representation: Henri Lefebvre's Spatial Materialism
Critique of representation: Henri lefebvre's spatial materialism

Chapters 7 and 8 have been less about information than critique. They have been essays in critical dialectics. As such, they took the form of a challenge to the critical aporetics of post-structuralism, and in particular the theory of difference. Aporetics talks the language of the unbridgeable, the irreconcilable and the undecidable. Dialectics are not necessarily about the resolution of contradictions. They are, however, always about grounding. Dialectics are the grounding of subjectivity in history, in sociality, in tradition. They are about the grounding of ethics in everyday customs. The theory of difference has its original aporias in the opposition between signifier and signified, which is at root for Derrida (as we ...

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