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Ethnopolitics in cyberspace : the internet, minority nationalism, and the web of identity / Robert A. Saunders.

Author/creator Saunders, Robert A., 1973-
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoLanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011.
Descriptionxii, 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Part I: The Color and Shape of a Cyberspatial World -- Chapter 1: From Bibles to Bollywood: Mass Media, Identity, and the State -- Chapter 2: Media Unbound: The Internet, Cyberspace, and Nationalism on the Web -- Chapter 3: New World (Dis)Orders: National Identity and Ethnic Poli-tics in the Global Era -- Part II: Homo-Cybericus-Genus & Species -- Chapter 4: Electronic Irredentists: Albanians Seeking Unity in Digital Space and Virtual Places -- Chapter 5: Post-Imperial Digerati: Near Abroad Russians Transcending Local Barriers via Global Technologies -- Chapter 6: Cybernetic Vanguard: The Roma's Use of the Web to Protect a Minority under Siege -- Chapter 7: Virtual Prophets: Ummahists and the Construction of a New Imagined Community
Abstract "Defying predictions that the Internet would eventually create a world where nations disappeared in favor of a unified 'global village,' the new millennium has instead seen a proliferation of nationalism on the Web. Cyberspace, a vast digital terrain built upon interwoven congeries of data and sustained through countless public/private communication networks, has even begun to alter the very fabric of national identity. This is particularly true among stateless nations, diasporic groups, and national minorities, which have fashioned the Internet into a shield again the assimilating efforts of their countries of residence. As a deterritorialized medium that allows both selective consumption and inexpensive production of news and information, the Internet has endowed a new generation of technology-savvy elites with a level of influence that would have been impossible to obtain a decade ago. Challenged nations-from Assyrians to Zapotecs-have used the Web to rewrite history, engage in political activism, and reinvigorate moribund languages.
Abstract This book explores the role of the Internet in shaping ethnopolitics and sustaining national identity among four different national groups: Albanians outside of Albania, Russians in the 'near abroad,' Roma (Gypsies), and European Muslims. Accompanying these case studies are briefer discussions of dozens of other online national movements, as well as the ramifications of Internet nationalism for offline domestic and global politics. The author discusses how the Internet provides new tools for maintaining national identity and improves older techniques of nationalist resistance for minorities. Bringing together research and methodologies from a range of fields, he fills a gap in the social science literature on the Internet's central role in influencing nationalism in the twenty-first century. By creating new spaces for political discourse, alternative avenues for cultural production, and novel means of social organization, the Web is remaking what it means to be part of nation. This insightful study provides a glimpse of this exciting and sometimes disturbing new landscape."--pub.desc.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2010042989
ISBN9780739141946 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN0739141945 (cloth : alk. paper)

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