9780415170772

Cyberpower: An Introduction to the Politics of Cyberspace

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    9780415170772

  • ISBN10:

    041517077X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-16
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

If knowledge is power, then what kind of knowledge leads to cyberpower? Written around a clear and simple theoretical framework,Cyberpowercovers key concepts such as power and cyberspace, the virtual individual, society in cyberspace, and imagination and the internet. Tim Jordan surfs through a wealth of material, including original research in interviews and statistical analysis, to provide a complete analysis of the politics and culture of cyberspace. Drawing on examples from cross-gendered virtual selves to the meaning of Bill Gates, he questions who actually governs cyberspace and what powers the individual can control while there. Using case studies from the rich mythology of the electronic frontier, from cyberrape to total surveillance,Cyberpowershows how cyberspace is remaking global society.

Author Biography

Tim Jordan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. University of East London.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
viii
Acknowledgements ix
Power and cyberspace
1(19)
Key concepts
1(1)
Introduction
1(1)
Cyberpower
2(5)
Power
7(13)
Max Weber: power as a possession
9(2)
Barry Barnes: power as social order
11(4)
Michel Foucault: power as domination
15(5)
Cyberspace and the matrix
20(39)
Key concepts
20(1)
Introduction
21(2)
Cyberspace: the science fiction vision
23(10)
Cyberspace: the matrix of computers
33(22)
History of a technology
33(16)
Size, users and uses
49(6)
Conclusion
55(1)
Barlovian cyberspace
55(4)
The virtual individual
59(41)
Key concepts
59(1)
Introduction
60(5)
Axes of individual cyberpower: identity, hierarchy, information
65(22)
Identity fluidity
65(14)
Anti-hierarchical
79(6)
A world made of information
85(2)
Cyberpower at the individual
87(9)
Cyberpower as a possession
88(1)
Cyberpolitics: access and rights
89(7)
Conclusion
96(4)
The virtual social I: the social in cyberspace
100(42)
Key concepts
100(1)
Introduction
101(6)
The social and the individual
107(3)
Technopower
110(5)
The spiral of technopower
115(20)
Information overload
117(11)
The complete spiral
128(7)
The technopower elite
135(7)
The virtual social II: the social between online and offline
142(37)
Key concepts
142(1)
Introduction
142(3)
Cyberspace and production, consumption and politics in information societies
145(22)
Production
147(6)
Consumption
153(9)
Politics
162(5)
The informational space of flows
167(4)
Online and offline
171(8)
The virtual imaginary
179(29)
Key concepts
179(1)
Introduction
179(2)
The collective imagination
181(4)
Visions of heaven
185(20)
Cyborgs
187(3)
Information codes
190(6)
and hell
196(5)
Superpanopticon: cyborgs, minutiae and fear of cyberspace
201(3)
Fear itself
204(1)
Cyberspace's imaginary
205(3)
Cyberpower
208(11)
Key concepts
208(1)
Introduction
208(2)
Relations between three types of cyberpower
210(4)
The first war of cyberspace: elites and grassroots
214(5)
Notes 219(10)
Glossary 229(4)
Bibliography 233(15)
Index 248

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