Economies of Signs and Space

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SAGE, Dec 9, 1993 - 368 pages
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This is a novel account of social change that supplants conventional understandings of society' and presents a sociology that takes as its main unit of analysis flows through time and across space.

Developing a comparative analysis of the UK and US, the new Germany and Japan, Lash and Urry show how restructuration after organized capitalism has its basis in increasingly reflexive social actors and organizations. The consequence is not only the much-vaunted postmodern condition' but also a growth in reflexivity.

In exploring this new reflexive world, the authors argue that today's economies are increasingly ones of signs - information, symbols, images, desire - and of space, where both signs and social subjects - refugees, financiers, tourists and "fl[ci]aneurs " - are mobile over ever greater distances at ever greater speeds.

 

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Contents

ECONOMIES OF OBJECTS AND SUBJECTS
12
Reflexive Subjects
31
ECONOMIES OF SIGNS AND THE OTHER
60
The Culture Industries
111
The Underclass and Impacted Ghettoes
145
Migration in Comparative Perspective
171
ECONOMIES OF SPACE AND TIME
193
Time and Memory
223
GLOBALIZATION AND MODERNITY
252
Globalization and Localization
279
Conclusion
314
Bibliography
327
Index
351
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About the author (1993)

Professor Scott Lash is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, as well as a a project leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme. He is a leading name within sociology and cultural studies, has written numerous books and articles over the last twenty years, and is currently the managing editor for the journal "Theory, Culture and Society".

His main research in recent years has been in advocating and developing a new paradigm for the social sciences, the new mobilities paradigm

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