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Education and the margins of the network society

Hall, M 2001, 'Education and the margins of the network society' , in: Challenges of Globalisation: South African Debates with Manuel Castells , Maskew Miller Longman, Cape Town, pp. 224-342.

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Abstract

This paper reads between the lines of Manuel Castells' recent writing about the 'network society'. In his trilogy The Information Age, as well as in a series of reports and papers, Castells touches on the implications of the network society for higher education and for Africa. I start by outlining Castells' concept of the nature of work in the new global economy, and in particular his disctinction between 'individualised work' and 'generic labour'. This highlights the structural basis for social exclusion in the network society - a risk for geographical areas such as Africa, but also for the ghettos of the new metropoles. From this I move on to education and, specifically, the current claims for the potential of distance learning on the World Wide Web. Although Castells does not consider this field specifically in his work that is reviewed here, his models for the workings of networks allow us to understand some of the trends, and to infer their implications.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Muller, J, Cloete, N and Badat, S
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Subjects / Themes > L Education > L Education (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Publisher: Maskew Miller Longman
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 063604775X
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 09:38
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2666

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