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Democracy Bytes: New Media, New Politics and Generational Change (Hardback)
  • Democracy Bytes: New Media, New Politics and Generational Change (Hardback)

Democracy Bytes: New Media, New Politics and Generational Change (Hardback)

Hardback 322 Pages / Published: 29/10/2014
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This study is about new media, the crisis of democracy and political renewal. It asks: What is the political? How can we understand politics in a network age? Can we talk sensibly about generational change? Analysing four international case studies, this book gives an optimistic assessment of how digital media supports new forms of politics

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137308252
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm


'In Democracy Bytes, Judith Bessant raises profound questions about the public realm, generations, neoliberal power, and the Internet. With fascinating case studies ranging from Russia's Pussy Riot, to universities, to US debates about piracy laws, to Australian indigenous art and activism, she explores how young online activists participate in struggles against power-holders, and begin to change the meaning of politics. This is a book for everyone who is interested in democracy in a changing world'. Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia

'With great analytic skill, vivid examples, and a very engaging and accessible style, Judith Bessant takes on the key questions about democracy and the transformation of politics. She illuminates the complex relationships between digital media and young people, probing change and continuity across generations. Engaging in a critical and elegant manner with a range of theoretical trajectories, she develops her own framework that she applies to several compelling case studies. The result is a outstanding book that cannot be bypassed by anyone concerned about these questions'. Peter Dalhgren, Lund University, Sweden

'Judith Bessant has provided an insightful analysis of what political struggle, if not politics itself, might look like for young people in the digital age. Youth inhabit a digital space that is both destructive and emancipatory, but we often only hear one side of this narrative. Not so with this beautifully written carefully crafted combination of theory and field work. A wonderful book that takes the merging of culture, politics, and subjectivity seriously and should be read by everyone concerned about a world that is been turned upside down by the digital revolution'. Henry Giroux, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

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