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Digital politics bibliography

January 9, 2011

Last updated Friday, 25 Feb 2011

The notion of ‘digital politics’ doesn’t seem to have caught on yet in academia – or indeed elsewhere (but see new Book Series on Digital Politics by Oxford University Press as well as this recent CFP). This is my first stab at a bibliography.

Atwood, Amanda and Bev Clark (Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe). New media, same old regime politics: Resisting the repression of media freedom in Zimbabwe

Barney D 2004, ‘Network Society,’ in The Network Society, Polity, Cambridge, pp. 5-33.

Bräuchler, B. (2005) Cyberidentities at War: Der Molukkenkonflikt im Internet. Bielefeld: transcript.

Brown, C. and L. Czerniewicz 2010. Debunking the ‘digital native’: beyond digital apartheid, towards digital democracy, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

Carty V & Onyett J 2006, ‘Protest, Cyberactivism and New Social Movements: The Reemergence of the Peace Movement Post 9/11,’ Social Movement Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 229-249.

Castells, M. 2001. The Internet Galaxy: reflections on the Internet, Business and Society. Blackwell. Oxford.

Castells, Manuel, 2009 Communication Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chadwick, A. (2006). Internet Politics: States, Citizen, and New Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chadwick, Andrew; Howard, Philip N. 2008. Routledge handbook of internet politics.

Chamberlain K 2004, ‘Redefining Cyberactivism: The Future of Online Project,’ Review of Communication, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 139-146.

Clark, Jessica, and Nina Keim. Public Media 2.0 Field Report: Building Social Media Infrastructure to Engage Publics. Rep. Center for Social Media (American University), 2009.

Dahlberg, L. 2010. Cyber-Libertarianism 2.0: A Discourse Theory/Critical Political Economy Examination, Cultural Politics Volume 6, Number 3, November 2010 , pp. 331-356 (26)

Drew, Jesse 2005 From the Gulf War to the Battle of Seattle: Building an international alternative media network. In At A Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet . Edited by N. Neumark and A. Chandler. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Gaffney, Devin (2010). #iranElection: quantifying online activism. Proceedings of the WebSci10.Raleigh, NC April 26-27th.

Graff, G. M. (2007). The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

GRANJON Fabien et CARDON Dominique, Médiactivistes, Presses de Sciences Po, 2010.

Hampton, K.N. (2003) ‘Grieving for a Lost Network: Collective Action in a Wired Suburb’, The Information Society 19: 417-428.

Hands, J. 2010 @ Is For Activism. Pluto Press

Hauben, Michael and Ronda Hauben. (1997). Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press.

Hindman, M. 2009. The Myth of Digital Democracy. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press,

Is the Internet democratizing American politics? Do political Web sites and blogs mobilize inactive citizens and make the public sphere more inclusive?The Myth of Digital Democracy reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the Internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers a small set of elites–some new, but most familiar.

HINKELBEIN, O. 2008. Strategien zur digitalen Integration von Migranten: Ethnographische Fallstudien in Esslingen und Hannover. Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Bremen.

Howard, Philip N. 2010. The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam. Oxford University Press. Oxford Studies in Digital Politics.

With unique data on patterns of media ownership and technology use, The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy demonstrates how, since the mid-1990s, information technologies have had a role in political transformation. Democratic revolutions are not caused by new information technologies. But in the Muslim world, democratization is no longer possible without them.

Juris, J.S. 2008. Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Karanović, J. 2010 Contentious Europeanization: The Paradox of Becoming European through Anti-Patent Activism, Ethnos

Kelty, C. (2008) Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Lievrouw, Leah 2011. Alternative and Activist New Media. Polity

McCaughy M & Ayers M 2003, Cyberactivism – Online Activism in Theory and Practice, Routledge, New York.

Rheingold, H. (2002). Smart mobs: The next social revolution. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

Rheingold, H. 2008 @hrheingold: “Mobile Media & Political Collective Action” 2008 (PDF)

Turner, Fred 2006. From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Postill, J. (2008) Localizing the internet beyond communities and networks. New Media and Society 10 (3), 413-431

Postill, J. in press Localizing the Internet: An Anthropological Account. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

Rheingold, H. (2002). Smart mobs: The next social revolution. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody. New York: Penguin Group

Strauss, P. (2007) Fibre Optics and Community in East London: Political Technologies on a ‘Wired-Up’ Newham Housing Estate. Unpublished PhD thesis, Manchester University.

Stumpel, M. 2010. MA thesis ‘The Politics of Social Media. Facebook: Control and Resistance

Watson, Tom (2008) CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World.

“Journalist Tom Watson explores where technology and social action meet in this new release. Coining the phrase “CauseWired”, Watson describes a movement that’s tapping the web in creative ways to generate interest in activism-from organizing to raising funds.” (The Business Review; 1/9/09)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2011 3:06 pm


    “The notion of ‘digital politics’ doesn’t seem to have caught on yet in academia”

    Well actually it did ..sort of..

    Great initiative! Maybe you’d like to add my thesis.

    The Politics of Social Media. Facebook : Control and Resistance:

    Best regards,

  2. January 12, 2011 9:15 pm

    Thanks for that reference, Marc! When you say it sort of caught on, what do you mean?

  3. January 16, 2011 3:47 pm

    To clarify..I mean that my work and references certainly fall under digital politics, but I didnt literally reffered to it as such. Sidenote: I’ve taken a course in New Media and the Transformation of Politics at the University of Amsterdam (by T. Poell) for the New Media Masters Programme . You can find some more relevant theorists who’s work we discussed in the course here

  4. March 3, 2011 12:49 pm

    Emiliano Trere kindly suggests the following additions:

    Chadwick, A. (2008). Web 2.0: New Challenges for the Study of E-Democracy in Era of Informational Exuberance. ISJLP, 5, 9.

    Chowdhury, M. (2008). The role of the Internet in Burmaís Saffron Revolution. Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Research Publication.

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