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[Commlist] New book: Nationalism on the Internet: Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News

Tue Oct 22 17:02:21 GMT 2019

New book:
Christian Fuchs. 2020. Nationalism on the Internet: Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News. New York: Routledge.
(including reading sample/introduction)

In this timely book, critical theorist Christian Fuchs asks: What is nationalism and what is the role of social media in the communication of nationalist ideology?

Advancing an applied Marxist theory of nationalism, Fuchs explores nationalist discourse in the world of contemporary digital capitalism that is shaped by social media, big data, fake news, targeted advertising, bots, algorithmic politics, and a high-speed online attention economy.

Through two case studies of the German and Austrian 2017 federal elections, the book goes on to develop a critical theory of nationalism that is grounded in the works of Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, and Eric J. Hobsbawm.

Advanced students and scholars of Marxism, nationalism, media, and politics won’t want to miss Fuchs’ latest in-depth study of social media and politics that uncovers the causes, structures, and consequences of nationalism in the age of social media and fake news.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Introduction: Nationalism Today

PART I – Foundations of a Marxist Theory of Nationalism

Chapter Two – Bourgeois Theories of Nationalism

Chapter Three – Marx’s Concept of Nationalism

Chapter Four – Otto Bauer’s and Rosa Luxemburg’s Opposing Theories of the Nation and Nationalism

Chapter Five – Contemporary Marxist Theories of Nationalism

PART II – Nationalism on Social Media

Chapter Six – German Nationalism on Social Media in the 2017 Elections to the Bundestag

Chapter Seven – Online Nationalism and Social Media Authoritarianism in the Context of the ÖVP/FPÖ Government in Austria

Chapter Eight – Conclusion: Towards a Society of the Commons beyond Authoritarianism and Nationalism

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