Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital by Veronica Barassi

By Veronica Barassi

With swift adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political economic system, probably the most priorities of our instances is the research of ways within which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic learn among 3 very various political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and event internet applied sciences as instruments of political critique.

Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network thought, fabric tradition conception etc.), with ethnographic observations, the e-book strongly criticises political fiscal and techno-deterministic ways. It argues that during realizing how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic techniques, we should always now not specialize in disruption and novelty, yet we should always in its place discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political economic climate of the internet and its lived critique.

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