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[ecrea] new book: crisis and critique

Mon Oct 03 14:28:54 GMT 2016

*Crisis and Critique*

*A Brief History of Media Participation in Times of Crisis*

*Anne Kaun*

Anne Kaun provides a historical exploration of the role of media in shaping social movements and resistance to capitalism.

Throughout history, innovations in media have had a profound impact on protest and dissent. But while these recent developments in social media have been the subject of intense scholarly attention, there has been little consideration of the wider historical role of media technologies in protest. Drawing on the work of key theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Raymond Williams, /Crisis and Critique /provides a historical analysis of media practices within the context of major economic crises.

Through richly detailed case studies of the movements which emerged during three different economic crises – the unemployed workers' movement of the Great Depression, the rent strike movement of the early 1970s and the Occupy Wall Street protests which followed the recession of 2007 – Kaun provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural, economic and social consequences of media technologies, and their role in shaping and facilitating resistance to capitalism.

‘Finally, a historically nuanced book on the role of media in protest movements. Kaun provides a very timely comparative analysis of media technologies in times of crisis. I recommend this book to all students interested in media and social activism.’
José van Dijck, author of /The Culture of Connectivity/

‘Kaun gives us important resources for thinking through the challenges we face today as scholars and activists committed to transformative and radical communication.’
Max Haiven, co-author of /The Radical Imagination/

‘Kaun draws on a range of rich empirical material, using illuminating historical analysis to reflect on contemporary protest through the critical categories of time, space and speed. A must-read book for academics and activists alike.’
Natalie Fenton, author of /Digital, Political, Radical/

‘Economic crises such as the Great Recession of 2008 are not just moments of distress and despair. They are also occasions in which new political alternatives are born and new political media practices emerge as Anne Kaun demonstrates in this thoughtful and engaging book.’ Paolo Gerbaudo, author of /Tweets and the Streets: Social media and Contemporary Activism/

‘Kaun offers some much needed perspective on the current discourses surrounding digital media and activism, as well as a nuanced, valuable and perhaps most importantly measured evaluation of the importance of media to political resistance.’
Joss Hands, Newcastle University

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