The Rise of Nerd Politics

The Rise of Nerd Politics : Digital Activism and Political Change

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The recent irruption of WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Snowden and other tech-savvy actors onto the global political stage raises urgent questions about the impact of digital activism on political systems around the world. The Rise of Nerd Politics is an anthropological exploration of the role that such actors play in sparking new processes of political change in the digital age. Drawing from long-term ethnographic research in Spain, Indonesia and Malaysia - as well as empirical examples from the United States, Iceland, Taiwan and further afield - Postill tracks the rise of technology 'nerds' as a new transnational class of political brokers with growing influence. The book identifies and explores four domains of 'nerd politics' that have experienced a dramatic expansion since 2010: digital rights, data activism, social protest and institutional politics.A lively and engaging intervention at the conjuncture of anthropology, media studies and sociology, The Rise of Nerd Politics offers a pertinent reflection on the future of political change in the digital more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399843
  • 9780745399843

About John Postill

John Postill is an anthropologist specialising in the comparative study of socio-cultural change and digital politics. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and of the books Media and Nation Building: How the Iban Became Malaysian (Berghahn Books, 2008), and Localising the Internet: An Anthropological Account (Berghahn Books, 2011).show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. The New Protest Movements 3. Freedom Technologists 4. Civic Fields and Spaces 5. Events, Practices and Trends 6. Spreading #ViralReality 7. The Aesthetics of Non-Violence 8. Cross-Cultural Comparisons 9. Conclusionshow more