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

By Veronica Barassi

With quick alterations in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the web political financial system, some of the priorities of our instances is the research of how during which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic examine among 3 very diversified 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 concept, fabric tradition conception etc.), with ethnographic observations, the e-book strongly criticises political financial and techno-deterministic techniques. It argues that during realizing how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic methods, we should always no longer 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 system of the net and its lived critique.

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As Ingold suggested, metaphorically imagination can be understood as something a chess player does when, sitting apparently immobile and without touching the pieces of the board, he or she proceeds to work out a strategy (Ingold, 2000:416). Drawing from the work of these scholars, I came to the conclusion that ‘imagination’ can be seen as a personal as well as a collective process that enables people to organize their actions/practices according to specific images. The understanding of imagination as a collective process is central if we want to explore the construction of activists’ political cultures and the fact that these political cultures bring forward specific political projects.

For months I had been reading their blog on a daily basis, but online ethnography was limited by the fact that I had to gain access to their autonomous mailing lists where much of the exchanges took place. That evening I was there to negotiate my access to the group; I spoke briefly about the research and answered some questions, I observed and listened to the various issues that arose within the meeting, and I thought about the role of the Corsari in the Italian Autonomous Movement and all the things I knew and was going to learn about a very complex and ever-changing social movement.

The concept of de-growth was originally introduced by the Romanian-born economist Nicolas Georgescu-Roegen ([1971] 2011), but historically ideas of de-growth have been part of different liberal-left movements and theoretical approaches. Key examples of this can be found in the Arts and Crafts movements in the UK during the Victorian age, which emphasized the importance of man over the machine, and in the writings of Gunther Anders or Hannah Arendt. In recent years, the concept has been popularized by Latouche (2009).

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