Nation As Network: Diaspora, Cyberspace, And Citizenship

Paperback | August 19, 2014

byVictoria Bernal

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How is the internet transforming the relationships between citizens and states? What happens to politics when international migration is coupled with digital media, making it easy for people to be politically active in a nation from outside its borders? In Nation as Network, Victoria Bernal creatively combines media studies, ethnography, and African studies to explore this new political paradigm through a striking analysis of how Eritreans in diaspora have used the internet to shape the course of Eritrean history.
           
Bernal argues that Benedict Anderson’s famous concept of nations as “imagined communities” must now be rethought because diasporas and information technologies have transformed the ways nations are sustained and challenged. She traces the development of Eritrean diaspora websites over two turbulent decades that saw the Eritrean state grow ever more tyrannical. Through Eritreans’ own words in posts and debates, she reveals how new subjectivities are formed and political action is galvanized online. She suggests that “infopolitics”—struggles over the management of information—make politics in the 21st century distinct, and she analyzes the innovative ways Eritreans deploy the internet to support and subvert state power. Nation as Network is a unique and compelling work that advances our understanding of the political significance of digital media. 

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How is the internet transforming the relationships between citizens and states? What happens to politics when international migration is coupled with digital media, making it easy for people to be politically active in a nation from outside its borders? In Nation as Network, Victoria Bernal creatively combines media studies, ethnograph...

Victoria Bernal is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Cultivating Workers: Peasants and Capitalism in a Sudanese Village, coeditor of Theorizing NGOs: States, Feminisms, and Neoliberalism; and editor of Contemporary Cultures, Global Connections: Anthropology for the 21st Centu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Nations, Migration, and the World Wide Web of Politics

Chapter 1: Infopolitics and Sacrificial Citizenship: Sovereignty in Spaces Beyond the Nation
Chapter 2: Diasporic Citizenship and the Public Sphere: Creating National Space Online
Chapter 3: The Mouse that Roars: Websites as an Offshore Platform for Civil Society
Chapter 4: Mourning Becomes Electronic: Representing the Nation in a Virtual War Memorial
Chapter 5: Sex, Lies, and Cyberspace: Political Participation and the “Woman Question”

Conclusion

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“In her ethnographic study of Eritrean diaspora politics, anthropologist Bernal makes valuable contributions to current scholarship in communication technology and diaspora politics as they jointly create a new definition of citizenship in the emerging reality of globalism.”