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The global complexities of 11th September.

Urry, John (2002) The global complexities of 11th September. Theory, Culture and Society, 19 (4). pp. 57-69. ISSN 1460-3616

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Abstract

This article assesses whether some notions from complexity or non-linear theory help to make sense of September 11th. This relates to the author's more general concern, to interrogate `globalization' through the prism of complexity. Some of the topics investigated in this article include the nature of networked relationships between the macro and micro levels, the character of a liquid and mobile power, the differentiation between and juxtapositions of wild and safe zones, the world-wide screening of certain global events, the unpredictability and irreversibility of time, the nature of attractors, and the more general character of systems that are neither ordered nor wholly anarchic remaining `on the edge of chaos'.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: chaos • network • order • power • time • zones
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
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ID Code: 24305
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 11:59
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 13:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24305

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