Digital Natives and the Myth of the Revolution: Questioning the Radical Potential of Citizen Action


Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12 p.m.

The Annenberg Research Network in International Communication (ARNIC) and the Civic Paths research group jointly invite you to a talk by Nishant Shah, co-founder and director of research at the Bangalore-based research organization Centre for Internet and Society.

From professor Shah: "Radical claims about the potential of citizen action have emerged in the past few years in several parts of the world. This thought-in-progress inquiry explores how citizen action is not necessarily a radical form of politics. Rather, we need to make a distinction between 'resistances' and 'revolutions.' I locate resistance as an endemic condition of governmentality within a state-citizen-market relationship and show how it often strengthens the status quo rather than radically undermining it. By looking at a specific campaign against corruption in India, I seek to build a framework that helps us understand the dissonance between claims about the future and practices of the present that gets produced during citizen action."

Shah studies questions of governance, identity, planning and body at the intersections of digital technologies, law and everyday cultural practice. He recently co-edited the four-volume book series Digital AlterNatives with a Cause? which explores the relationships between youth, technology and change in emerging ICT contexts of the Global South.

Lunch will be served.

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