By Veronica Barassi
With quick adjustments in net applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political economic climate, one of the vital priorities of our occasions is the research of ways during which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand net advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic study 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 concept etc.), with ethnographic observations, the booklet strongly criticises political fiscal and techno-deterministic ways. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic strategies, we should always now not specialize in disruption and novelty, yet we must always as a substitute 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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I found myself in front of a small door on the ground floor of an old residential building, and few minutes later I was sitting in front of Barcia. Barcia greeted me with cordiality and showed me around the office. With yellow walls and 14 individual office spaces, the office seemed to be structured in a very horizontal way. Office staff looked friendly and very busy with more or less an equal number of men and women whose ages spanned from the late twenties to mid-fifties. I sat down with Barcia in one of the meeting rooms; we talked about my research and he started introducing me to the history of the environmental movement in Spain.
In Milan, which is the focus of my research, social centers such as the Leoncavallo, Pergola, Conchetta, Torkiera, Bulk, Panetteria Okkupata, and Orso, just to mention a few, have defined the history of the militant left from the 1980s throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s. ’ The demonstrations were organized with the support of other social centers on national territory – especially the ones of Padoa and the Northeastern region, as well as the CortoCircuito in Rome – and the network between the different social centers gave rise to the famous ‘Tute Bianche’ movement (White Overalls).
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.