The Space Flows

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The Space of Flows by Castells Manuel concentrates on the social meaning of time and space. It tries to explain the social forms of space and time. In particular, the author proposes that space is the manifestation or a demonstration of the society. Since the modern society is experiencing structural changes, there are emerging spatial processes and forms (Castells 409). However, there are hidden relationship between space and society because space is not necessarily a replication of the community, but it is rather a demonstration or expression. This means that space is not a duplicate of the society, but in fact, it is a society. Moreover, spatial processes and forms are created by the changing aspects of the entire social structure. It also involves the opposing trends generated from strategies and conflicts between social functions exerting their different values and interests. Moreover, social processes affect space by performing on developed environment inherited from preceding social-spatial systems. In fact, space is preserved time (Castells 443).

The social theory noted that space refers to the material support that requires time to share crucial social practices. Therefore, it has the capacity of integrating practices that are concurrent in time (Castells 441). From my own experience, various social practices shape and dominate the societal networks.  For instance, I have noted that multiple behaviours and norms are formed by the social networks. If our friends engage in smoking, then it is easier to embrace these behaviours and norms. People normally imitate the behaviours and actions in their social networks. Similarly, habits and norms are transferred from one person to the other via social networks. In this regard, the ties that human beings create shape their choices. It can be a source of benefits or negative effects among the people.

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