Communication Power

Paperback | August 23, 2013

byCastells, Manuel

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We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media andincludes the Internet and mobile communication. In this wide-ranging and powerful book, Manuel Castells analyses the transformation of the global media industry by this revolution in communication technologies. He argues that a new communication system, mass self-communication, has emerged, and power relationships have been profoundly modified bythe emergence of this new communication environment. Created in the commons of the Internet this communication can be locally based, but globally connected. It is built through messaging, social networks sites, and blogging, and is now being used by the millions around the world who have access tothe Internet.Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events - the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War, the global environmental movement to preventclimate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a newtheory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks.Justly celebrated for his analysis of the network society, Castells here builds on that work, offering a well grounded and immensely challenging picture of communication and power in the 21st century. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and character of the modernworld.

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We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave. The media have become the space where power strategies are played out. In the current technological context mass communication goes beyond traditional media andincludes the Internet and mobile communication. ...

Manuel Castells is University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Planning, University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 24 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Socia...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681937

ISBN - 13:9780199681938

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Table of Contents

OpeningIntroduction to the Revised Edition1. Power in the Network Society2. Communication in the Digital Age3. Networks of Mind and Power4. Programming Communication Networks: Media Politics, Scandal Politics, and the Crisis of Democracy5. Reprogramming Communication Networks: Social Movements, Insurgent Politics, and the New Public Space6. Toward a Communication Theory of Power

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"In this timely book, Professor Castells turns his attention from the impact of the internet on the economy to its impact on communications and politics. I can warmly recommend it to all communications practitioners. But his clear analysis and vivid case studies make this book of interest toanyone who wants to understand the nature of power in today's democracy and the meaning of the campaign that swept Barack Obama into the White House." --Advance praise from Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Communication Policy