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Economies of Signs and Space
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Economies of Signs and Space



December 1993 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
Introduction
After Organized Capitalism

 
 
PART ONE: ECONOMIES OF OBJECTS AND SUBJECTS
 
Mobile Objects
 
Reflexive Subjects
 
PART TWO: ECONOMIES OF SIGNS AND THE OTHER
 
Reflexive Accumulation
Information Structures and Production Systems

 
 
Accumulating Signs
The Cultural Industries

 
 
Ungovernable Spaces
The Underclass and Impacted Ghettoes

 
 
Mobile Subjects
Migration in Comparative Perspective

 
 
PART THREE: ECONOMIES OF SPACE AND TIME
 
Post-Industrial Spaces
 
Time and Memory
 
PART FOUR: GLOBALIZATION AND MODERNITY
 
Mobility, Modernity and Place
 
Globalization and Localization
 
Conclusion

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