By Veronica Barassi
With quick adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the web political financial system, probably the most priorities of our instances is the research of ways within which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand net advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic learn among 3 very diversified 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 idea, fabric tradition thought etc.), with ethnographic observations, the e-book strongly criticises political monetary and techno-deterministic methods. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic strategies, we must always now not concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we must always in its place discover the complicated 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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It is also a society that reclaims the importance of public spaces, collective congregations, and the expression of collective creativity. For Ecologistas en Acción it is a society that is sustainable; that relies on local networks and promotes collective organization in respect of the environment and of social equality. The concept of imagination, therefore, is central to the understanding of activists’ cultures and of the way in which they organize their everyday practices in order to bring about social change.
It is for this reason that the 12 ideological principles listed in the document, which are the basis of the political culture of the organization, bring together environmental issues such as pollution, nuclear energy, and animal rights with social issues such as the right to labor, the gender gap, the unfair divide between Global North and Global South, and the importance of localism and participatory democracy. 32 The Ethnography of Digital Activism The ideology of the ecologismo social presupposes a commitment to the ideology of decrecimiento (de-growth).
The antifascist struggle was brought ahead in a variety of ways, either by creating strong networks of support with old associations of partisans who had managed to defeat fascism during the Second World War or through everyday resistance against extreme right groups in Milan. The struggle for female emancipation and equal rights was instead brought ahead by an autonomous group that was created by key female members of the Corsari and was originally called Gruppo G and later Ambrosia. All these themes were an important terrain of struggle during Berlusconi’s second mandate, which 38 The Ethnography of Digital Activism saw the establishment of an authoritarian neo-liberalism based on the reinforcement of neo-fascist ideologies and a blatant sexism.
Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism by Veronica Barassi