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Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought and Culture


Edited By Susie Cronin, Sofia Ropek Hewson and Cillian Ó Fathaigh

The relation between the digital and the collective has become an urgent contemporary question. These collected essays explore the implications of this relation, around the theme of #NousSommes. This hashtag marks the point where the «personal» modalities of social media have become embroiled in collective expressions of unity, solidarity and resistance. As this volume demonstrates, the impact of this cannot be isolated to the internet, but affect philosophy, literature, cinema, politics and the public space itself. The contributors approach the issue of #NousSommes from a diverse range of disciplines and methodologies, bringing out both the continuity and discontinuity with other forms of collective expression. Important contemporary philosophers such as Nancy, Derrida and Deleuze are engaged here, as are issues of ecology, community, automation, postcolonial identity and addiction. Featuring eight academic essays and an interview, this volume testifies to the importance of French philosophy and culture in understanding the digital and the collective today.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data:

Names: Cronin, Susie, 1991– editor. | Ropek Hewson, Sofia, 1991- editor. | Ó Fathaigh, Cillian, 1992- editor.

Title: #noussommes : collectivity and the digital in French thought and culture / Susie Cronin, Sofia Ropek Hewson, Cillian Ó Fathaigh.

Description: First edition. | Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2020. | Includes bibliographical references and index. |

Identifiers: LCCN 2019021093 | ISBN 9781788747677

Subjects: LCSH: Internet—Social aspects—France. | France—Intellectual life.

Classification: LCC HN440.I56 N68 2019 | DDC 302.23/10944—dc23

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