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Nation as Network
Author: Victoria Bernal

ISBN: 9780226144818
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 21 July 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
In this book anthropologist Victoria Bernal reveals the ways that forms of nationhood, strategies of state power, and modes of political participation are being redefined in the context of the rise of digital media and the growing significance of diasporas in the 21st century. She outlines the broader trends and wider implications suggested by the processes documented in this study of Eritrean politics, diaspora, and cyberspace to explore "the nation as network." The book develops the concept of "infopolitics" to foreground the management of information as a central aspect of politics. The heart of the book is an ethnography of the vibrant Eritrean public sphere established on diaspora websites. Close readings of posts reveal people's struggles to understand the conflicts that have shaped their lives, while striving to chart the nation's future. Set in the context of Eritrea's turbulent history, the activities of the diaspora reveal the ways that sovereignty and citizenship are being reconfigured and reproduced by means of the internet. Chapters examine:  how the internet was used to create Eritrean space outside Eritrea, how posters defended Eritrea i...

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