||This book, the first in Castells' ground-breaking trilogy, is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it aims to formulate a systematic theory of the information society which takes account of the fundamental effects of information technology on the contemporary world.
"We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells' multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement.
Prologue: The Net and The Self.
1. The Information Technology Revolution.
2. The New Economy: Informationalism, Globalization, Networking.
3. The Network Enterprise: The Culture, Institutions, and Organizations of The Informational Economy.
4. The Transformation of Work and Employment: Networkers, Jobless, and Flextimers.
5. The Culture of Real Virtuality: The Integration of Electronic Communication, The End of The Mass.
6. The Space of Flows.
7. The Edge of Forever: Timeless Time.
Conclusion: The Network Society.