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Network Societies and Internet Studies: Rethinking Time, Space, and Class

Jack Linchuan Chi

in The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589074
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199589074.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Network Societies and Internet Studies: Rethinking Time, Space, and Class

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This chapter concentrates on a new perspective of ‘network society’. It offers a convincing case for the need for a global perspective on the social role of the Internet that will counter the potential for ethnocentric universal claims. The chapter then concentrates on research results in Internet Studies along with the three basic dimensions of the network society theory: time, space, and class. The Internet brings a flat world free of serious social problems. However, its promise as a decentralising and flattening force does not defy empirical examination. The types of ‘space of places’ are explained. The network labor and the new information and communications technology (ICT)-based working class highlight the class-making process and the rare chance of social change. The network society and its many insights and critiques about the contemporary world have remained important since the publication of Manuel Castells' triology in 1996–98.

Keywords: network society; Internet; time; space; class; space of places; Manuel Castells; ICT

Article.  9456 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Knowledge Management

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