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Digital activism in Asia reader


Shah, Nishant; Sneha, Puthiya Purayil; Chattapadhyay, Sumandro (ed.)

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Abstract The digital turn might as well be marked as an Asian turn. From flash-mobs in Taiwan to feminist mobilisations in India, from hybrid media strategies of Syrian activists to cultural protests in Thailand, we see the emergence of political acts that transform the citizen from being a beneficiary of change to becoming an agent of change. In co-shaping these changes, what the digital shall be used for, and what its consequences will be, are both up for speculation and negotiation. Digital Activism in Asia marks a particular shift where these questions are no longer being refracted through the ICT4D logic, or the West’s attempts to save Asia from itself, but shaped by multiplicity, unevenness, and urgencies of digital sites and users in Asia. This reader crowd-sources critical tools, concepts, analyses, and annotations, self-identified by a network of change makers in Asia as important in their own practices within their own contexts.
Keywords digitalization; digital media; network society; activation; Internet; political participation; opinion formation; social change; protest; social media; social network; social movement; populism; deliberation; democratization; digital divide; Asia
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Publisher meson press
City Lüneburg
Page/Pages 269 p.
ISBN 978-3-95796-052-8
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike