Global Control: Information Technology and Globalization Since 1845

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E. Elgar, Jan 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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'McMahon gives us a cogent history of information systems as means of control essential to recurrent cycles of capitalist reorganization. An engaging, theoretically informed, and deeply provocative synthesis.' - Dan Schiller, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US Global Control aims to achieve a clearer understanding of the long process of globalization by focusing on the crucial role of information and control technologies. Information systems and control technologies are key to globalization and, while generally facilitating the overall trend to spatial reorganisation, they also effect change through the pervasive influence of 'internal systems logic'. Thus, the author argues, the dominant institutions of states, firms and markets transform global development and are themselves transformed by key information technologies. More specifically the book identifies the key phases of modern globalization and analyses the crucial role played by different information technologies at each point in time.

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Social organization control and information technology
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Telecommunications and the nineteenthcentury
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Information technology and US industromilitary development
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Copyright

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Peter McMahon is an online science journalist who has written for the Toronto Star, CTV and Science.ca. Peter also runs a consulting company that offers training and planning for children's science programming. He is the author of Ultimate Trains. Peter lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

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