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Creating Social Capital in Politically Restrictive Environments: The Virtual Sphere and Iran’s Weblogistan

http://www.arsehsevom.net/zine/?p=22 In this piece, student Christina Ashtary argues that trust and social capital are being created even among those who know each other as bits and bytes, communicating solely (for a time, at least) in the virtual realm. She discusses how the control of public spaces by the regime in …

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Iran in Ferment

In this piece, researcher Ladan Boroumand provides insight into the ways in which civil rights activists influenced the political debate during the 2009 presidential campaign in Iran. In hindsight, it can seem as though the results of that election were a foregone conclusion that could not have been influenced by …

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Creating the Impossible: The Invisible Network of Britain’s Activist Subculture

They are pervasive and loud, many with half-shaven heads, rowdy barking mixed-breed dogs, and mud-encrusted dreadlocks. Yet their network may as well be invisible to the authorities who have spent the better part of thirty years failing to stamp it out. How does this raggle-taggle band of Britain’s prevalent environmental activists (also known as eco-warriors or protesters) evade countless attempts of infiltration and eradication?

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The Networked Diaspora

For as long as people have looked for new opportunities, resources and biotopes, migration has taken place. It is only in modern times that the displacement of people has occurred under the constraints of nation states, regulations, and rules of legitimization. In the modern world, system boundaries — national borders — are seen as regulating the process of demographic developments and migration flows. The era of globalization, characterized by what Manuel Castells[2] (1996) calls the rise of the network society, has created a foundation for the emergence of newly constructed forms of local and/or transnational cultural ‘imagined communities’. One of the impacts of recent globalization is the formation of new offline and online transnational connections among migrants worldwide. The formation of these networked communities is often linked to concepts such as home(land) and identity.

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