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Post-Global Network and Everyday Life

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Marina Levina and Grant Kien

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.

«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’)

«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’)