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An emerging form of society where new communications technologies have enabled social relationships to form that are no longer geographically bounded. Castells sees networks as being composed of a series of information nodes, consisting of both organizations and individuals that challenge traditional notions of governance since they cut across or bypass the established organizational structures of civil society. See also disembedding; globalization; social networks; space of flows.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con4.html The network society: interview with Manuel Castells

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