This penetrating and informative book provides readers with the perfect systematic critical guide to the file-sharing phenomenon. Combining inter-disciplinary resources from sociology, history, media and communication studies and cultural studies, Matthew David unpacks the economics, psychology, and philosophy of file-sharing. It fuses a deep knowledge of the music industry and the new technologies of mass communication with a powerful perspective on how multinational corporations operate to monopolize markets, how international and state agencies defend property, while a global multitude undermine and/or reinvent both.  

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


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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