By Veronica Barassi
With fast alterations in net applied sciences and the restructuring of the web political economic climate, one of the priorities of our instances is the research of ways during which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This booklet attracts on comparative ethnographic learn among 3 very diverse political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and adventure net applied sciences as instruments of political critique.
Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network concept, fabric tradition idea etc.), with ethnographic observations, the ebook strongly criticises political monetary and techno-deterministic techniques. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic methods, we should always no longer specialize in disruption and novelty, yet we must always as a substitute discover the complicated dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political economic climate of the net and its lived critique.
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Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism by Veronica Barassi