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

By Veronica Barassi

With swift adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political financial system, one of the priorities of our instances is the research of ways within which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic examine among 3 very various 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 idea, fabric tradition concept etc.), with ethnographic observations, the ebook strongly criticises political fiscal and techno-deterministic methods. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic strategies, we should always now not concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we must always as a substitute discover the advanced 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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The political philosophy behind the White Overalls was new in essence. In the first place the White Overalls movement was seen as a way to challenge the very notion of identity and represented the enactment of multiple singularities becoming a mass, so to a certain degree these were the first forms of political actualization that inspired the Negrian ‘multitude’ model (Hardt and Negri, 2000). Furthermore, the White Overalls became known for challenging the dichotomy of violence versus non-violence, and for the fact that – in contrast to the blue overalls – they were meant to represent the changing regimes of labor, from Fordism to post-Fordism.

After 50 years of blockade, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign calls for the end of the blockade and for the normalization of diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations with the island. It is for this reason, as argued elsewhere (Barassi, 2012), that their campaigning strategies are all directed towards the construction of a positive image of Cuba though a complex and fascinating game of mirrors. The game of mirrors between Cuba and Britain is sustained by the shared idea among members and organizers that Cuba represents an example, an alternative reality, which helps to highlight the contradictions of the political system in Britain, and possibly transform it.

One of these was the issue of labor and precarious work. As ­Mattoni (2012) has shown, the movement against the casualization of work life has been particularly strong in Italy. Within the ethnographic context of the Corsari, fieldwork and interviews revealed that the majority of the people involved in the Corsari were either unemployed or on fixed-term contracts, and those who were still studying had no real prospects for the future. 19 As argued before, many activists involved with the Corsari came from the social center Bulk, which was part of the 2001 May Day struggle and which gave rise to a project called Chain Workers (see Mattoni, 2012), which later became Intelligenza Precaria (Precarious Intelligence).

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