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Activism!

Direct Action, Hacktivism and the Future of Society

Distributed for Reaktion Books

Activism!

Direct Action, Hacktivism and the Future of Society

Many schools of thought assert that Western culture has never been more politically apathetic. Tim Jordan’s Activism! refutes this claim. In his powerful polemic, Jordan shows how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political landscape. Because we inhabit such a quickly changing, high-tech and fragmented culture, the single-issue political movements and stable, conservative authorities of the past are continually being questioned. Traditional political battles have been replaced by the popular, collective practices of a new political activism. From Europe to the USA, from Australia to South America, from the Left to the Right, Jordan introduces us to the citizens who make up d-i-y culture: eco-activists, animal liberators, neo-fascists, ravers, anti-abortionists, squatters, hunt saboteurs and hacktivists. In his view, activism comprises a new ethics of living for the 21st century.

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192 pages | 5.75 x 8.25

Focus on Contemporary Issues (FOCI)

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion


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Table of Contents

1. Societies in Pieces, Movements in Action
2. Transgression: Reforming, Reactionary and Visionary
3. Action and Dis/Organization
4. Pleasure as a State Crime
5. Culture Jamming and Semiotic Terrorism
6. Hacktivism: All Together in the Virtual
7. Ethics, Activism, Futures
References
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations

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