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By Veronica Barassi

With quick alterations in net 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 internet advancements. This ebook attracts on comparative ethnographic study among 3 very assorted 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 thought, fabric tradition idea etc.), with ethnographic observations, the booklet strongly criticises political financial and techno-deterministic ways. It argues that during knowing 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 internet and its lived critique.

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At the time of fieldwork there were two other themes that defined the political culture of the Corsari: anti-fascism and anti-racism struggle on the one hand, and equal rights and female emancipation on the other. 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.

In the third place scholars have ascribed a ‘positive’ and ‘romantic’ purpose to the process of imagination. , therefore, one way to move beyond these problems is to focus on the “technologies of the imagination” and the way in which “imaginary effects may come about” (2009:19). If we do so, the scholars believe, we may develop an approach that does not presuppose that imaginaries are a kind of ‘holistic’ backdrop that conditions human activities (2009:19). Similarly to Sneath et al. (2009), I personally believe that it is pivotal to move beyond the notion of imaginary as some kind of holistic backdrop that structures human activities.

From the very beginning the social center movement defined itself by its ‘autonomous’ ideology. In fact the movement was based on a cross-regional organizational model, which recalled one of the ‘net’ constituted by nodes, independent and autonomous from one another but connected by similar political ideologies and struggles (Maroni, 1994; Ruggiero, 2000; ­Montagna, 2006). 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.

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