Volume 7 of the Electronic Mediations Series
Series Editors: Katherine Hayles, Mark Poster, and Samuel Weber
Cloth ISBN: 0816635404
Paperback ISBN: 0816635412
he Internet raises provocative questions about democratic participation: Must the public sphere exist as a physical space? Does citizenship require a bodily presence?
n Cybering Democracy, Diana Saco boldly reconceptualizes the relationship between democratic participation and spatial realities both actual and virtual. She argues that cyberspace must be viewed as a produced social space, one that fruitfully confounds the ordering conventions of our physical spaces. Within this innovative framework, Saco investigates recent and ongoing debates over cryptography, hacking, privacy, national security, information control, and Internet culture, focusing on how different on-line practices have shaped this particular social space. In the process, she highlights fundamental issues about the significance of corporeality in the development of civic-mindedness, the exercise of citizenship, and the politics of collective action.