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Computer-centered networks and technologies are reshaping social relations and constituting new social domains on a global scale, from virtually borderless electronic markets and Internet-based large-scale conversations to worldwide open source software development communities, transnational corporate production systems, and the global knowledge-arenas associated with NGO networks. This book explores how such "digital formations" emerge from the ever-changing intersection of computer-centered technologies and the broad range of social contexts that underlie much of what happens in cyberspace.

While viewing technologies fundamentally in social rather than technical terms, Digital Formations nonetheless emphasizes the importance of recognizing the specific technical capacities of digital technologies. Importantly, it identifies digital formations as a new area of study in the social sciences and in thinking about globalization. The ten chapters, by leading scholars, examine key social, political, and economic developments associated with these new configurations of organization, space, and interaction. They address the operation of digital formations and their implications for the development of longstanding institutions and for their wider contexts and fields, and they consider the political, economic, and other forces shaping those formations and how the formations, in turn, are shaping such forces.

Following a conceptual introduction by the editors are chapters by Hayward Alker, Jonathan Bach and David Stark, Lars-Erik Cederman and Peter A. Kraus, Dieter Ernst, D. Linda Garcia, Doug Guthrie, Robert Latham, Warren Sack, Saskia Sassen, and Steven Weber.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Robert Latham, Saskia Sassen
  3. pp. 1-33
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  1. SPACES OF KNOWLEDGE
  2. p. 35
  1. Recombinant Technology and New Geographies of Association
  2. Jonathan Bach, David Stark
  3. pp. 37-53
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  1. Electronic Markets and Activist Networks: The Weight of Social Logics in Digital Formations
  2. Saskia Sassen
  3. pp. 54-88
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  1. The New Mobility of Knowledge: Digital Information Systems and Global Flagship Networks
  2. Dieter Ernst
  3. pp. 89-114
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  1. NETWORKS OF COOPERATION
  2. p. 115
  1. Cooperative Networks and the Rural-Urban Divide
  2. D. Linda Garcia
  3. pp. 117-145
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  1. Networks, Information, and the Rise of the Global Internet
  2. Robert Latham
  3. pp. 146-177
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  1. The Political Economy of Open Source Software and Why It Matters
  2. Steven Weber
  3. pp. 178-211
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  1. DESIGNS AND INSTITUTIONS
  2. p. 213
  1. Designing Information Resources for Transboundary Conflict Early Warning Networks
  2. Hayward R. Alker
  3. pp. 215-241
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  1. Discourse Architecture and Very Large-scale Conversation
  2. Warren Sack
  3. pp. 242-282
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  1. Transnational Communication and the European Demos
  2. Lars-Erik Cederman, Peter A. Kraus
  3. pp. 283-311
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  1. Information Technology and State Capacity in China
  2. Doug Guthrie
  3. pp. 312-338
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. p. 339
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-367
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400831616
Related ISBN
9780691119878
MARC Record
OCLC
650308486
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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