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What opportunities, rather than disruptions, do digital technologies present? How do developments in digital media not only support scholarship and teaching but also further social justice? Written by two experts in the field, this accessible book offers practical guidance, examples, and reflection on this changing foundation of scholarly practice. It is the first to consider how new technologies can connect academics, journalists, and activists in ways that foster transformation on issues of social justice. Discussing digital innovations in higher education as well as what these changes mean in an age of austerity, this book provides both a vision of what scholars can be in the digital era and a road map to how they can enliven the public good.
“Daniels and Thistlethwaite’s new book . . . explores life in academe at a point in time when many scholars feel as though they are straddling the line between the traditional and the experimental. In chapters examining technology’s impact on activism, openness and scholarly impact, the authors connect the news and personalities of today to historical events, weaving in their own experiences and experiments along the way.”
— Carl Straumsheim
"This is an excellent book that offers a concise and well-written description of how digital technology has been used to produce robust and genuinely impactful research. . . . It will appeal to anyone who has been inspired by scholar-activists like W. E. B. Du Bois or C. Wright Mills, but who would like to know how to become a scholar-activist in the digital era. . . . A fascinating and accessible read."
— LSE Review of Books
"Discusses the use of new technologies for both scholarship and activism."
— Nina C. Ayoub
"The book explores the way digital technologies are transforming higher education as well as what these changes mean in an age of austerity. It imagines a world in which scholarship enlivens the public good."
— Ideas on Fire: Imagine Otherwise
— Karen Shook
“A stunningly accessible and provocative volume that offers readers a delicious landscape for reimagining how, with whom, and for whom we craft research in these ‘revolting times.’”
— Michelle Fine, Graduate Center, CUNY
“An important introduction to the possibilities offered by digital media for academic work and activism, both within and outside the halls of academia.”
— Deborah Lupton, University of Canberra, Australia
“A timely account of how scholarly practice is changing, it makes a compelling case for how scholars and librarians can use digital technologies to engage in issues of social justice, beginning with a more open and inclusive system of scholarly communication.”
— Lisa Norberg, cofounder of the Open Access Network
“An incisive and engaging rallying cry for digital scholarship to be seen as our most powerful tool, as well as a practical handbook for aspiring activist scholars. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
— Mark Carrigan, University of Warwick