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The Digital Citizen(ship)

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The Digital Citizen(ship)

Politics and Democracy in the Networked Society

9781800376595 Edward Elgar Publishing
Luigi Ceccarini, Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Political and Social Studies, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy. He is researcher at Demos&Pi and LaPolis, and co-editor of the journal ComPol, Comunicazione Politica
Publication Date: February 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 659 5 Extent: c 200 pp
This cutting-edge book explores the diverse and contested meanings of ‘citizenship’ in the 21st century, as representative democracy faces a mounting crisis in the wake of the Digital Age. Luigi Ceccarini enriches and updates the common notion of citizenship, answering the question of how it is possible to fully live as a citizen in a post-modern political community.

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This cutting-edge book explores the diverse and contested meanings of ‘citizenship’ in the 21st century, as representative democracy faces a mounting crisis in the wake of the Digital Age. Luigi Ceccarini enriches and updates the common notion of citizenship, answering the question of how it is possible to fully live as a citizen in a post-modern political community.

Employing an international, multidisciplinary framework, Ceccarini brings together the findings of continental political philosophy and history, and contemporary western political science and communication studies to advance our understanding of political motivation and participation in the present day. As new participatory and monitoring dynamics of online citizenship redefine the very form of public space, this timely book addresses the values, creativity and aspirations through which social actors engage with a networked society, making use of technological innovations and new forms of communication to participate in post-representative politics.

A provocative call to action in an era defined by distrust, disillusionment and digitization, this book is crucial reading for scholars and researchers of political science, sociology and communication studies, particularly those seeking a thoroughly modern understanding of digital citizenship. It will also benefit advanced political science students in need of a historical overview of the concept of citizenship and how it has developed under the auspices of the Internet.
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‘What does it mean to be a “good online citizen”? While it has become a commonplace to say that the Internet is profoundly changing our political and social lives, few commentators have delved into the full ramifications of its implications for citizenship as thoroughly as Luigi Ceccarini does here in this richly documented account.’
– Colin Crouch, University of Warwick, UK and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany

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