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Book Title: End of Millennium: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture , Volume III|
The author of the book: Manuel Castells
Date of issue: August 15th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780631221395
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It's hard to imagine reading any of Castell's three volumes in "The Information Age" by themselves. The last book of the trilogy especially expects readers to remember a lot of the concepts in the first two volumes in order to grasp the full picture. Otherwise this book probably comes across as a series of very different chapters on globalization.
Ultimately what makes Manuel Castell's such a fascinating author to read is how he interconnects his own concepts to a variety of topics many readers may have already read about extensively. The scope of this work is overwhelming, and at times I almost felt like the author was taking on too much. But to be fair, what Castell's is trying to convey is a huge idea to begin with. These three volumes address the fact that society, economy, and the political realm have been completely transformed by information and tech revolutions, to something where the three are interconnected in timeless/placeless informationalism. In the final volume, Castell's looks deeply at the 20th century politcal/economic ideologies of Marxism and Capitalism, and links them to progress in what their ability to survive has looked like. Where Marxism failed in its oppressive need to control the market for its own political vision, Capitalism's "pluralist" free market structure allowed for its politics to thrive in a fast paced global environment. But Capitalism's success comes at a cost, and this is where I think Castell's is at his most brilliant. He doesn't see Capitalism as something that exists in the classical sense. While he points out that older economic paradigm's still apply's today, capitalism has confusedly been transformed into something nearly impossible to grasp now that it is linked with informationalism. It is this link that has created a market and financial system that is complex and yet anarchistic at the same time. Informational capitalism thus is able to convey profound and insightful ideas in the name of progress and development. Yet it's speed and loose structure leaves masses of people to fend for themselves, creates a ruthless, self supporting, shadow economy in the criminal world, and redefines the political/societal structures of States trying to catch up in the process.
This is where Castell's leaves us after his last book, and I give him a huge amount of credit for not ending with political advocacy but instead with a warning. He reminds his readers that every intellectual who has tried to solve the system in the 20th century has almost always made things profoundly worse. The challenge is to recognize what the world has become, and then from there to intelligently reorganize as individuals and communities to address the fact that we are not trying to create a revolution, but that one has already happened and we are just now scrambling to make sense of it.
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Read information about the authorCastells is a sociologist especially associated with information society and communication research.
The 2000–09 research survey of the Social Sciences Citation Index ranks him as the world’s fifth most-cited social science scholar, and the foremost-cited communication scholar.
A student radical, he fled from Spain to Paris in the early 1960s to escape from Franco´s fascist regime. In France he quickly established a reputation as a seminal thinker with his path breaking book "The urban question: a Marxist approach" (1972).