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By Manuel Castells

Networks of shock and Hope is an exploration of the recent kinds of social hobbies and protests which are erupting on the earth this present day, from the Arab uprisings to the indignadas move in Spain, from the Occupy Wall highway circulate to the social protests in Turkey, Brazil and in different places. whereas those and related social activities vary in lots of very important methods, there's something they proportion in universal: they're all interwoven inextricably with the construction of independent verbal exchange networks supported by way of the net and instant verbal exchange.

during this new version of his well timed and significant publication, Manuel Castells examines the social, cultural and political roots of those new social pursuits, reviews their cutting edge types of self-organization, assesses the proper function of expertise within the dynamics of the events, indicates the explanations for the aid they've got present in huge segments of society, and probes their ability to urge political switch through influencing people’s minds. new chapters convey the research up to date and draw out the results of those social hobbies and protests for realizing the recent kinds of social swap and political democracy within the worldwide community society.

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A special commission was appointed to assess the problem. The commission did very little, and did not even contemplate regulating the banking sector. Soon thereafter, the three banks, Landsbanki, Kaupthing, and Glitnir, faced the urgency of repaying their short-term debt, as most of their assets were fictitious and long-term. Having more imagination than scruples, they designed new schemes to solve their insolvency. Landsbanki set up Internet-based financial accounts under the name of Icesave, offering high returns on short-term deposits.

This identification is better achieved by sharing feelings in some form of togetherness created in the process of communication. Thus, the second condition for individual experiences to link up and form a movement is the existence of a communication process that propagates the events and the emotions attached to it. The faster and more interactive the process of communication is, the more likely the formation of a process of collective action becomes, rooted in outrage, propelled by enthusiasm and motivated by hope.

And since, in my view, social movements are the sources of social change, and therefore of the constitution of society, the question is a fundamental one. So fundamental that entire libraries are dedicated to a tentative approach to the answer, and so, consequently, I will not deal with it here, since this book is not intended to be another treatise on social movements but a small window on a nascent world. But I will say this: social movements, certainly now, and probably in history (beyond the realm of my competence), are made of individuals.

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