By Veronica Barassi

With swift 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 within 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 event net applied sciences as instruments of political critique.

Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network idea, fabric tradition thought etc.), with ethnographic observations, the ebook strongly criticises political financial and techno-deterministic ways. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic strategies, we must always now not specialize in disruption and novelty, yet we should always in its place discover the complicated 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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Again, one may make the analogy that this transformation is the transformation from centralization (singular meaning) to decentralization (meaning’s replication). In the sociopolitical realm many thinkers have also charted this same periodization. Ernst Mandel uses the concept of Kondratieff waves to examine what he calls the era of late capitalism beginning in approximately 1945. ”36 Jameson states that the concept is ultimately Mandel’s: “There have been three fundamental moments in capitalism, each one marking a dialectical expansion over the previous stage.

30 At the same time that punishment became more “sober” it also became more diffuse, more immanent to the personal lives and habits of people. Good citizens were now expected to punish themselves, to preemptively discipline their own bodies such that the power of punishment originated ultimately from within, not from some outside force. This historical shift, from sovereign society to disciplinary society, reoccurs throughout the writings of Foucault, particularly in texts such as Madness and Civilization and The History of Sexuality, Volume 1.

Kittler, Discourse Networks, 1800/1900, pp. 206, 210, 211–212. 35. Kittler, Discourse Networks, 1800/1900, p. 192. 36. Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Durham: Duke University Press, 1991), p. xviii. Introduction 23 capitalism, the monopoly stage or the stage of imperialism, and our own, wrongly called postindustrial, but what might be better termed multinational capital,”37 or to use Mandel’s terminology, late capitalism. Like other social critics of late-twentieth-century life, Jameson looks to the economic crisis of 1973 as a turning point, a moment that “somehow crystallized”38 these new currents of postmodernity.

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