Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
Being Digital Citizens takes a nuanced, theoretical look at how the definition of a political subject evolves as more and more of both day-to-day life and overt political action takes place through digital space. Isin and Ruppert draw from rich literatures in political science, sociology, and critical theory to refocus academic debate about digital political life around the figure of the `digital citizen'. . . .In a literature that tends towards extremes, declaring that the Internet changes either everything or nothing, Isin and Ruppert do an excellent job of explaining exactly how the digital context is and is not important for the politics of citizenship. They argue that doing life and politics through the Internet means political thought must revisit the influence that the anonymity, extensity, traceability, and velocity of our actions have. . . .Terms are explained with admirable theoretical precision, which makes the theory Isin and Ruppert develop relevant for all readers of this journal, not just those who concentrate on digital media, while still retaining enough specificity to comment directly on digital media and digital acts. Being Digital Citizens contributes a nuanced, flexible, and still elegantly workable conceptual framework to scholarship around contemporary political activity, particularly that unfolding through the internet. * Journal of Cultural Economy *
"Being Digital Citizens goes a long way toward untangling the language of digital citizenship and its highly normative force ... [Ingin and Ruppert's] insistence on conceiving the `digital citizen as yet to come' opens up new trajectories for scrutiny and inquiry as well as intervention ... this volume is a provocation, a point of reflection and a spark for further conceptual and empirical work." * Cultural Studies Review *
What does it mean to be a digital citizen in a world where social traffic increasingly happens through online platforms? In this timely and intelligent book, Isin and Ruppert pose a number of fundamental questions about the rights and (speech) acts of citizens living in a new global online space. This book is a must-read for all students and scholars in digital media studies, especially those interested in human beings as the new `data subjects'. -- Jose van Dijck, Professor of Comparative Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam
Being Digital Citizens presents an incisive and galvanizing account of the political actions and experiences of digital citizens. Refreshing stale oppositional debates over rights, freedom and liberation through the internet, it offers a lucid and concrete account of transformations in what citizenship means.Hardly any other account of digital political life has managed to effectively sustain a dual focus on both the digital and political in the way this book does. -- Adrian MacKenzie, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University.
This book is a tour-de-force that - at last - explores systematically the emerging figure of the digital citizen. The rights-claims that distinguish this figure cannot be grasped through conventional analyses of either the digital or the citizen. This careful analysis shows not only how they may be rethought but how they will make a difference. -- David Lyon, Queen's University, Canada
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