By Mike Featherstone, Scott M Lash

In Spaces of Culture a global workforce of students examines the consequences of questions corresponding to: what's tradition? what's the dating among social constitution and tradition in a globalized and networked international? Do severe views nonetheless follow, or does the rate and complexity of cultural construction call for new different types of analysis?

They explore the most important issues in social thought: the kingdom kingdom; town; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial common sense of the informational urban. The participants move directly to study the general public sphere, wondering the reductive illustration of know-how as a sort of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new applied sciences can supply new areas of tradition. This analys

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Nothing is more distressing, in this regard, than the rhetoric of modern management which attempts to disguise power in the new economy by making the worker believe he or she is a self-directing agent. Here is a typical example: When a process is reengineered . . assembly-line work disappears. Functional departments lose their reasons for being. Managers stop acting like supervisors and behave more like coaches Y It is not false consciousness that makes such statements credible to those who are likely to suffer from them, but rather, a twisting of moral agency.

The undertow connotation of uselessness is a dispensable self. Useless skills have a particular meaning in a skills-based economy. What Michael Young feared in his prophetic essay, Meritocracy, has come to pass: as the economy needs ever fewer highly educated people to run it, the 'moral distance' between mass and elite widens. 6 The Smithian paradox of experiential impoverishment in the course of structural development thus continues on new terms. Unemployment and under-employment are of course long-standing economic ills, though some tough-minded economists argue that the new order has made these ills incurable, since the economy indeed profits from doing 'more with less'.

Places exercise weak, or no, sovereignty over the network, fearing that, if the network is taxed or regulated locally, another node can as easily be found, in Canada if not Mexico, in Boston if not Manhattan. One Draconian proposal advanced to empower place and polity is that localities threaten to expropriate the local property of migrant corpora­ tions, in order to tie the corporations down. Such threats, unfortunately, would ensure no investment would ever occur in the places which make them.

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