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  1. English abstract
  2. ISBN 13: 9780415282000
  3. Manuel Castells’ theory of information society as media theory : Lingua Posnaniensis

English abstract

Condition: New. Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller. Book Description Routledge, Items related to Theories of the Information Society International Professor Frank Webster ; Frank Webster. Publisher: Routledge , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Popular opinion suggests that information has become a distinguishing feature of the modern world.

Some people quickly give up on the task, frankly admitting confusion. Still others, encountering disputation, retreat into the comforting and lazy belief that we see only what we choose.

Fortunately, most people stick with trying to understand what is happening in the world, and in so doing reach for such terms as capitalism, industrialism, totalitarianism and liberal democracy. Most of us will have heard these sorts of words, will have voiced them ourselves, when trying to account for events and upheavals, for important historical occurrences, or even for the general drift of social, economic and political change.

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ISBN 13: 9780415282000

In all probability we will have argued with others about the appropriateness of these labels when applied to particular circumstances. We will even have debated just what the terms might mean. For instance, while it can be agreed that Russia has moved well away from Communism, there will be less agreement that the transition can be accurately described as a shift to a fully capitalist society.

There is a constant need to qualify the generalising terminology: hence pre-industrial, emerging democracies, advanced capitalism, authoritarian populism.

Manuel Castells’ theory of information society as media theory : Lingua Posnaniensis

And yet, despite these necessary refinements, few of us will feel able to refuse these concepts or indeed others like them. The obvious reason is that, big and crude and subject to amendment and misunderstanding though they be, these concepts and others like them do give us a means to identify and begin to understand essential elements of the world in which we live and from which we have emerged. It seems inescapable that, impelled to make sense of the most consequential features of different societies and circumstances, we are driven towards the adoption of grand concepts.

The starting point for this book is the emergence of an apparently new way of conceiving contemporary societies. Om boka. Ta kontakt med Kundesenteret.

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Avbryt Send e-post. Theories of the Information Society Frank Webster Information is regarded as a distinguishing feature of our world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now part of a global information economy.