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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

(p.1) Introduction History, Capitalism, and the Cyber Left
Digital Rebellion
Todd Wolfson
University of Illinois Press

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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