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Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace : The Internet, Minority Nationalism, and the Web of Identity

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Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace examines the central role of the Internet in shaping national identity among stateless nations and national minorities in the twenty-first century. By creating new spaces for political discourse, alternative avenues for cultural production, and novel means of social organization, the author argues that the Web is remaking what it means to be part of nation.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 22mm | 480.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables
  • 0739141945
  • 9780739141946
  • 2,112,634

About Robert A. Saunders

Robert A. Saunders is assistant professor in the Department of History, Economics, and Politics at the Farmingdale State College, SUNY.show more

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Intriguing, topical, balanced, and well-supported by empirical information, Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace will likely become an important book on the contemporary evolution of nationalism. -- Karim H.Karim, Carleton University in Ottawa Clear and comprehensive, essential reading for students and scholars alike, an authoritative analysis of nationalism and nationality in the era of the Internet, Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace fills a critical gap in our hitherto anecdotal understanding of the use of the Web by cyber-elites and peoples without countries. Too sophisticated a scholar to merely celebrate the new ecumene of cyberspace, Saunders shows that the Internet is not neutral but a double-edged sword. He analyzes how subaltern nations, national minorities, immigrant diasporas, and other groups without real-world territories are able to bridge borders, oceans, and time electronically to pursue their identity projects. -- Wolf Schafer, Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies, and Globality Studies Journal Drawing on a variety of disciplines in innovative and exciting ways, Robert A. Saunders has produced a delightfully written and provocatively argued book that will challenge many views of how national identity is produced and reproduced in today's world. -- Alexander J. Motyl, Rutgers University-Newarkshow more

Table of contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Introduction: Turning the Tables on Procrustes Part 3 Part I: The Color and Shape of a Cyberspatial World Chapter 4 Chapter 1: From Bibles to Bollywood: Mass Media, Identity, and the State Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Media Unbound: The Internet, Cyberspace, and Nationalism on the Web Chapter 6 Chapter 3: New World (Dis)Orders: National Identity and Ethnic Poli-tics in the Global Era Part 7 Part II: Homo-Cybericus-Genus & Species Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Electronic Irredentists: Albanians Seeking Unity in Digital Space and Virtual Places Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Post-Imperial Digerati: Near Abroad Russians Transcending Local Barriers via Global Technologies Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Cybernetic Vanguard: The Roma's Use of the Web to Protect a Minority under Siege Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Virtual Prophets: Ummahists and the Construction of a New Imagined Community 12 Afterword: Towards a Cybernational Future? 13 Bibliography 14 About the Authorshow more

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