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dc.contributor.advisorNicholls, Brett
dc.contributor.advisorOverell, Rosemary
dc.contributor.authorUrbano, Massimiliana
dc.date.available2017-10-19T01:49:32Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationUrbano, M. (2017). Becoming-common: Affective Technologies and Grassroots Activism in Contemporary Italy (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7612en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7612
dc.description.abstractThis thesis employs ethnographic methods to study grassroots activism in contemporary Italy. Through non-representational analysis, which involves participant observation and interviews in activist communities, I observe how technologies are affective and how, in relating to human and nonhuman bodies, technology can build a capacity to resist the Italian capitalist establishment. I suggest that the groups who have participated in this research provide a valuable, original example of how neoliberal tendencies to use technologies for domination can be resisted. The thesis outlines three forms of resistance involving the use of technology. First, the use of technology to produce affective spaces of collaboration; second, building technologies for the conservation and the production of grassroots memory; and, third, the use of corporate social media as a means to reach large numbers of people. I argue that a capacity for political action emerges from these practices, which I describe as a process of becoming-common, that is, as moments of coordination, solidarity and mutuality. The thesis thus demonstrates that the processes of becoming-common emerge in affective arrangements and enable a capacity for collective action from below.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectcommunication
dc.subjectcommons
dc.subjectactivism
dc.subjectdigital
dc.subjectmedia
dc.titleBecoming-common: Affective Technologies and Grassroots Activism in Contemporary Italy
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-10-19T01:16:42Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineMedia Film and Communication
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
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