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Digital RebellionThe Birth of the Cyber Left$
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Todd Wolfson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038846

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038846.001.0001

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History, Capitalism, and the Cyber Left

History, Capitalism, and the Cyber Left

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction History, Capitalism, and the Cyber Left
Source:
Digital Rebellion
Author(s):
Todd Wolfson
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038846.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to describe and analyze the logic that drives left-based social movements. The book maps the underlying logic of a new figure of resistance—a new sociopolitical formation—as it has materialized across the world. It undertakes this mapping exercise through a historical and ethnographic analysis of the Global Social Justice Movement from 1994 to 2006, with a particular focus on the indymedia movement. It argues that historical and sociocultural patterns connect different periods of political protest. Specifically, it argues that the patterns of struggle in a particular period are best understood as developing, in an ideal sense, through a multilateral dialogue between social-movement actors and both the past and present. The chapter then introduces the term Cyber Left, suggesting that that we are on the cusp of a new stage in left-based social movements. This is followed by an overview of the two parts of the book.

Keywords:   Global Social Justice Movement, indymedia movement, sociopolitical formation, resistance, activism, left social movement, ethnographic analysis

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