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1st Edition

Online Activism in Latin America

Edited By

Hilda Chacón

ISBN 9780367588274
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Online Activism in Latin America examines the innovative ways in which Latin American citizens, and [email protected] in the U.S., use the Internet to advocate for causes that they consider just. The contributions to the volume analyze citizen-launched websites, interactive platforms, postings, and group initiatives that support a wide variety of causes, ranging from human rights to disability issues, indigenous groups’ struggles, environmental protection, art, poetry and activism, migrancy, and citizen participation in electoral and political processes. This collection bears witness to the early stages of a very unique and groundbreaking form of civil activism culture now growing in Latin America.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Hilda Chacón)

Part I. Art and Activism in Cyberspace

1. A Theater of Displacement: Staging Activism, Poetry, and Migration through a Transborder Immigrant Tool (Sergio Delgado Moya)

2. Decolonizing Youth Culture: Guatemalan Hip Hop Dissidents in Cyberspace (Esteban Loustaunau)

3. Narcocorridos and Internet: Demonopolizing Mexico’s Narco History in Cyberspace (Juan Carlos Ramírez-Pimienta)

4. Belén Gache’s Aleatory Politics: Radikal Karaoke and (Robo)Poetics Hacking Politics (Scott Weintraub)

Part II. Blogging as Online Activism

5. On Pirates and Tourists: Ambivalent Approaches to El Blog del Narco (Emily Hind)

6. Blogging and Disability Activism in Mexico: Katia D’Artigues’s ‘Mundo D’ (Beth Jörgensen)

7. Revolució Resemanticising the Discourse of Revolution in Yoani Sánchez’s Generation Y Blog (Thea Pitman)

8. The Uses and Limits of Ethnic Humor and New Media in ¡Ask A Mexican! (Amber Workman)

Part III. Enduring Struggles, Now Online

9. Five Hundred Years of Struggle Enter Cyberspace. Neo Zapatism and the (Old) New Insurgency (Carolina Gaínza Cortés)

10. Voces Cubanas: Cyberactivism, Civic Engagement and Cubanía in Contemporary Cuba (Omar Granados)

11. From Wounds to Healing: Transborder Testimonios Through Cyberspace Post-September 11, 2001 (Claire Joysmith)

12. Cyberspace as a Tool for Political and Social Awareness: The Killings of Juárez (María R. Matz)

Part IV. Cyberspace and New Citizenry Representations

13. Digital favelas: New Visibilities and Self-Representation (Tori Holmes)

14. Online Activist Eco-Poetry: Techno-Cannibalism, Digital Indigeneity and Ecological Resistance in Brazil (Eduardo Ledesma)

15. ‘Yo soy:’ Public Protest, Private Expression: Contestatory Uses of Social Media by Contemporary Mexican Youth (Mary K. Long)

16. Interactive Projects from Colombia: Re-Thinking the Geopolitics of Territory (Claire Taylor)

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Hilda Chacón is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Nazareth College, USA.


"Chacón’s volume on the internet as a tool for community building and political advocacy in Latin American social movements will be a welcome contribution to a burgeoning interdisciplinary field. This collection builds on media communications’ and literary studies’ work on the aesthetic and consumer implications of the internet to uncover the geopolitical, economic, environmental, and cultural potential of new electronic media for participatory, citizen-based activism. From music to migration, favelas to bloggers, border activism to performative memory work, these scholars capture the power of digital citizenship."  -Marcy Schwartz, Rutgers University