By Veronica Barassi
With quick adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political economic system, one of the most priorities of our instances is the research of ways during which humans negotiate, criticise and face up to internet advancements. This e-book attracts on comparative ethnographic examine among 3 very assorted political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and adventure internet applied sciences as instruments of political critique.
Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network idea, fabric tradition thought etc.), with ethnographic observations, the booklet strongly criticises political financial and techno-deterministic techniques. It argues that during knowing how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic approaches, we should always no longer concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we must always as an alternative discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political financial system of the net and its lived critique.
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Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism by Veronica Barassi