The ‘Space of flows’ An important idea which Castells talks about both in this book and his more recent work is that of ‘the space of flows’. What he means by this is that historically ‘space’ has often referred to places in which power, capital, people etc have been concentrated – such as particular cities. However, the new information technology means that people working together in some kinds of work no longer have to be in the same place. Postindustrial societies from are moving from industrialism to informationalism , or the ‘informational mode’ which now operates together with the capitalist mode of production. Their economies are not based on services so much as ‘information processing as the core, fundamental activity conditioning the effectiveness and productivity of all processes of production, distribution, consumption, and
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