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Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China
Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China
Edited by Lisheng Dong, Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniel Kübler

Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China

The question of how and to what extent the internet can be used for mobilizing popular resistance in China is hotly debated. The government, virtual social organizations, and individual netizens both cooperate and compete with each other on the web. New media both increases the scope of the mobilizers and the mobilized (thereby creating new social capital), and provides the government with new means of social control (thereby limiting the political ...

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Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement
Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement
Edited by Filippo Tronconi

Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement

Organisation, Communication and Ideology

In 2009 Beppe Grillo, a well known Italian comedian, established the Five Star Movement with the aim of sending a handful of citizens to municipal councils to act as the watchdog of a professional political class often perceived as corrupt and self-interested. However, in the Italian general elections of February 2013, despite still largely ...

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Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Edited by Anastassia Obydenkova and Alexander Libman

Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Bringing together literatures on the external influences of democratization, the post-Soviet space and support for autocracy Obydenkova and Libman provide a comprehensive overview of the interaction of domestic and international politics during times of regime transition. Demonstrating the interplay of these forces the book explores the rich variation in motives and channels of autocratic and democratic influences. International scholars consider ...

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The Individual and Utopia
The Individual and Utopia
Edited by Clint Jones and Cameron Ellis

The Individual and Utopia

A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection

Interdisciplinary in scope and bringing together work from around the world, The Individual and Utopia enquires after the nature of the utopian as citizen, demonstrating the inherent value of making the individual central to utopian theorizing and highlighting the methodologies necessary for examining the utopian individual. The various approaches ...

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Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa
Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa
Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa

Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

This book explores two kinds of citizenship deficits: those experienced by the Nubians in Kenya and, more centrally, those which represent the limits of citizenship theories. The author argues for an understanding of citizenship as made up of multiple component parts: status, rights and membership, which are often disaggregated through time ...

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The Dark Side of Prosperity
The Dark Side of Prosperity
Mark Horsley

The Dark Side of Prosperity

Late Capitalism’s Culture of Indebtedness

A rich and original qualitative study of the close relationship between financial capitalism, consumer aspirations, social exclusion and the proliferation of personal indebtedness, The Dark Side of Prosperity examines questions of social identity, subjectivity and consumer motivation in close connection with the socio-cultural ideals of an ...

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Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries
Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries
Edited by Greg Simons and David Westerlund

Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries

The increasing significance and visibility of relationships between religion and public arenas and institutions following the fall of communism in Europe provide the core focus of this fascinating book. Leading international scholars consider the religious and political role of Christian Orthodoxy in the Russian Federation, Romania, Georgia and Ukraine alongside the revival of old, indigenous religions, often referred to as 'shamanistic' and look ...

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Israeli-Palestinian Activism
Israeli-Palestinian Activism
Alexander Koensler

Israeli-Palestinian Activism

Shifting Paradigms

When do words and actions empower? When do they betray? Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this volume tracks the repercussions of advocacy activism against house demolitions in 'unrecognised' Arab-Bedouin villages in Israel's southern 'internal frontier'. Koensler outlines an ethnographic approach for the study of social movements that follows ...

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