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Keywords:

  • CASTELLS;
  • NETWORK SOCIETY;
  • GLOBALIZATION;
  • DISORDER;
  • COMPLEXITY;
  • CYBERNETICS

Abstract

In this article I consider Castells's network society trilogy as a key site for examining claims that globalization today is driven by a new paradigm, in which networks and digital technologies play a decisive role in producing revolutionary new forms of economics, politics, culture and society. To theorize this change I draw on a rich, explicit account of non-linear causal processes found in far-from-equilibrium cybernetics, foregrounding the all-pervasive, constitutive phenomenon of disorder, coming from below as well as above through a multiplicity of networks, old and new, digital and non-digital.