By Veronica Barassi
With fast adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the web political financial system, one of the vital priorities of our occasions is the research of how within which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic study among 3 very varied 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 e-book strongly criticises political fiscal and techno-deterministic techniques. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic strategies, we should always no longer concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we should always as an alternative discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political economic system of the internet and its lived critique.
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It was cold, and there was the shared understanding that the meeting needed to end at a reasonable time in order to avoid the risk of clashes with neo-Nazi groups that could be waiting outside of the ARCI. I had been introduced and been given access to the meeting by an old friend, who was one of the key members of the group and vouched for me. 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.
This is because it sheds some light on social movements’ internal, innovative, and creative struggle to find new possibilities to bring about social change. In the next parts of the chapter I will explore the historical development and changing political repertoires of the three organizations studied. I will try to provide an analysis of the social movements in which they are embedded and will map the political projects and beliefs that define their political cultures. The Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the Labor Movement in Britain The Labor Movement, a Century of Struggle and the Creation of Solidarity Campaigns Crossing Oxford Street on a Saturday morning in June 2007, I felt surprised to find it completely deserted.
One fascinating aspect of the game of mirrors between Cuba and Britain is that it is often played on notions of class conflict, where Cuban achievements are compared to the achievements of the working classes in Britain. In this respect, I found it extremely interesting that at a South London CSC meeting a volunteer and organizer in her fifties compared the Cuban health achievements to the working classes’ battle for the NHS in the UK just after the Second World War. For many within CSC, the Cuban Government had done for its citizens and workers what they believed the Labor Government should have done for them.
Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism by Veronica Barassi