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Post-Global Network and Everyday Life

Levina, Marina / Kien, Grant (eds.)

Post-Global Network and Everyday Life

Series: Digital Formations - Volume 60

Year of Publication: 2010

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. VIII, 200 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0699-6 hardback  (Hardcover)
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Book synopsis

Post-Global Network and Everyday Life explores everyday life in the new world order of global network. It argues that network has come into its own as a state of mind and a way of life – in sum, a cultural norm. As a result, it is no longer fitting to examine the network as an external force, but as a somewhat banal aspect of our everyday environment. The essays in this volume provide analyses of case studies that illustrate new – and old – ways in which everyday life is lived within network. Each chapter examines network as an always-already condition – we are the network, and as such are living in a state of post-global network.


Contents: Marina Levina/Grant Kien: Control and Fear in Post- Global Network – Jack Bratich: When Collective Intelligence Agencies Collide: Public vs. Popular Intelligence and Networked Suspicions – James Salvo: Intellectual Inquiry in the Age of the Efficient Network: Not Unpacking the Infinite Library with Walter Benjamin – Ulrike Gretzel: Travel in the Network: Redirected Gazes, Ubiquitous Connections and New Frontiers – Joy Pierce: Membership in the Network: Hardware and Software Development for the Main-Stream Consumer – Radhika Gajjala/Anca Birzescu: Voicing and Placement in Online Networks – Michael Giardina: From Howard Dean to Barack Obama: The Evolution of Politics in the Network Society – Marina Levina: Health 2.0 and Managing «Dividual» Care in the Network – Sean Smith: Sport in the Wires: Abstraction, Integration, Efficiency – James Hay: Television as Everyday Network of Government – Grant Kien: Privacy As Work: The Appropriation of Labor in Post-Global Network.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Marina Levina is a faculty member in the Media Studies Program at the University of California-Berkeley. She is currently working on a book titled Life as a Virus, Life as a Code: Biopolitics of Control over Post-Human Life. She has published work on personal genomics, health information technologies, genetic engineering, and cultural metaphors of scientific research. Her research interests include critical studies of science and technology, visual culture, and critical theory.
Grant Kien is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay. His research focuses on technography, qualitative approaches to technology research, globalization, communication and culture, mobility and communications networks as performative, symbolic, and interpretive spaces. Recent works include a full length book, Global Technography: Ethnography in the Age of Mobility (Peter Lang, 2009) and a chapter in the volume Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches (edited by Phillip Vannini, Peter Lang, 2009).


«This thoughtful edited collection reflects on network theories, the media, work and health in the context of emerging technologies. In the past decade, Y2K, 9/11, and the proliferation of ubiquitous computing have been significant events and moments redefining our everyday. This wide-ranging collection takes into careful consideration the discourses of privacy, democracy, fear and promises and offers us ways to ponder, reflect and move forward in a ‘post-global network’.» (Barbara Crow, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University)
«‘Post-Global Network and Everyday Life’ does an excellent job in advancing the conversation on the role and place of networks in daily life. Arguing for the significance of mundane uses of new media, the authors in this collection examine how agency, identity, and subjectivity are altered once ‘the network’ becomes a primary locus for everyday life. Drawing upon a range of foundational theorists, including Manuel Castells, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault, as well as more recent, influential voices such as Tiziana Terranova, Alexander Galloway, and Eugene Thacker, the contributors to this volume map out a critical terrain for exploring local and global expressions of social agency as both an individual and a collective activity.» (Mark Nunes, Author of ‘Cyberspaces of Everyday Life’)


Digital Formations. Vol. 60
General Editors: Steve Jones