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New media and public activism: Neoliberalism, the state and radical protest in the public sphere

John Michael Roberts


The Arab Spring, chat forums, political leaders tweeting, online petitions, and protestors in the Occupy Movement - new media public spheres have without doubt radically altered social and political activism in society. But to what extent is this new activist public sphere stifled by the neoliberal economy and workfare state? Have we in fact become transformed into subjects of online consumption and orderly surveillance, rather than committed social and political campaigners? In this highly topical book, John Michael Roberts employs a political economy perspective to explore the relationship b ... More

Keywords: new media, public sphere, political and social activism, social media, local regeneration of urban space, surveillance, deliberative democracy, social networks, e-democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Michael Roberts, author
Brunel University, London, UK