Communication Power in the Network Society

Professor Manuel Castells

Duration: 01:14:36

Recorded: 23 October 2008

Abstract

This lecture presents the major thesis of Professor Manuel Castells' most recent work to be published in the book 'Communication Power'. The book argues that power is 'based on the control of communication and information' and develops the theoretical and empirical foundations of the many aspects of this argument.

Manuel Castells' work on power and communication builds on his trilogy on the information age, which established him as the seminal theorist of the 'network society', which marked a major departure from previous conceptions by Daniel Bell and others of an 'information society'.

About the speakers

  • Professor Manuel Castells

    OII Distinguished Visiting Professor of Internet Studies

    Manuel Castells is Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in Barcelona. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 24 years. He is also Professor of Communication and the holder of the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, the Marvin and Joanne Grossman Distinguished Professor of Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at the OII. He is also a fellow of the British Academy.

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  • Communication Power in the Network Society

    Thursday 23 October 2008 16:00 - 17:30

    Professor Manuel Castells presents the major thesis of most recent work to be published in the book 'Communication Power'. The book argues that power is 'based on the control of communication and information'.