Economies of Signs and Space

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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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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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Pagina 311 - in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
Pagina 226 - Waste of time is thus the first and in principle the deadliest of sins. The span of human life is infinitely short and precious to make sure of one's own election. Loss of time through sociability, idle talk, luxury, even more sleep than is necessary to health ... is worthy of absolute moral condemnation. (1930: 158) The spirit of capitalism adds a further twist to this: as Benjamin Franklin maintained 'time is money' - to waste time is to waste money.
Pagina 201 - The company exhorts them to smile more, and "more sincerely," at an increasing number of passengers. The workers respond to the speed-up with a slowdown: they smile less broadly, with a quick release and no sparkle in the eyes, thus dimming the company's message to the people. It is a war of smiles. During a slowdown, it becomes possible to mention the personal cost of smiling too much. Workers worry about their "smile-lines.
Pagina 271 - Imagine visiting Disneyland, Malibu Beach, Bourbon Street, the San Diego Zoo, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Australia's Great Barrier Reef ... in one weekend and under one roof. . . . Billed as the world's largest shopping complex of its kind, the Mall covers 1 10 acres and features 628...
Pagina 225 - The great improvements made in machines of every kind have raised their productive power very much. Without any doubt, the shortening of the hours of labour . . . gave the impulse to these improvements. The latter, combined with the more intense strain on the workman, have had the effect, that at least as much is produced in the shortened (by two hours or one-sixth) working-day as was previously produced during the longer one.
Pagina 296 - In other words, it moves into the selfsame position which in the past- during the 'modern' phase of capitalist society — was occupied by work in the form of wage labour. This means that in our time individuals are engaged (morally...
Pagina 229 - LONDON TIME is kept at all the Stations on the Railway, which is about 4 minutes earlier than READING time; 5'^ minutes before STEVENTON time; 7 1/2 minutes before CIRENcESTER time; 8 minutes before CHIPPENHAM time; 11 minutes before BATH and BRISTOL time; and 14 minutes before BRIDGEWATER time.
Pagina 279 - Englishman who worked in the London office of a multinational corporation based in the United States. He drove home one evening in his Japanese car. His wife, who worked in a firm which imported German kitchen equipment, was already at home.

Informazioni sull'autore (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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