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Guerrilla Democracy

Mobile Power and Revolution in the 21st Century

By Peter Bloom, Owain Smolović Jones and Jamie Woodcock

Published

Jul 20, 2021

Page count

200 pages

Series

Organizations and Activism

ISBN

978-1529205640

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 20, 2021

Page count

200 pages

Series

Organizations and Activism

ISBN

978-1529205619

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 20, 2021

Page count

200 pages

Series

Organizations and Activism

ISBN

978-1529205671

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Guerrilla Democracy

    The liberating promise of big data and social media to create more responsive democracies and workplaces is overshadowed by a nightmare of election meddling, privacy invasion, fake news and an exploitative gig economy.

    Yet, while regressive forces spread disinformation and hate, 'guerrilla democrats' continue to foster hope and connection through digital technologies.

    This book offers an in-depth analysis of platform-based radical movements, from the online coalitions of voters and activists to the Deliveroo and Uber strikes. Combining cutting edge theories with empirical research, it makes an invaluable contribution to the emerging literature on the relationship between technology and society.

    "Politics has been infected, and it has a serious case of guerrilla democracy. This wide-ranging new study looks at how activists draw on digital technologies to resist neoliberalism and create alternatives." André Spicer, City, University of London

    Peter Bloom is Professor of Management at the University of Essex.

    Owain Smolović Jones is Senior Lecturer in the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University.

    Jamie Woodcock is Senior Lecturer in the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University.

    Preface

    Introducing Mobile Power and Guerrilla Politics

    Mobile Power

    The Spread of Viral Politics

    Infectious Domination, Contagious Revolutions

    Guerrilla Democracy

    Radical (Im)materialism

    Organic Leadership for Liquid Times

    Mobile Organizing in the 21st Century