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Date: 11 Sep 2019 07:34
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Technological change, or its accelerating rate, is often the key inde- pendent variable explaining why such transformations occurred. For Castells, ‘[t]he new techno-economic paradigm imposes the space of flows as the irreversible spatial logic of economic and functional organizations’ (1989: 350). Even in relatively careful and critical presentations of globalisation, for which technological change is not a sufficient explanation, it usually remains a necessary ingredient. Giddens’ account both of globalisation and of how this precludes conventional social democratic policies (Giddens, 1990, 1998) involves a relatively complex, theoretical and abstract argument, drawing on a variety of social and psychological theories. Minimally, however, in his (1990) characterisation of ‘time-space distanciation’, he emphasises how in contemporary, radicalised or late modernity, information can flow instantly and without regard to distance.
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