The Kobane Generation examines the mobilisation of Kurdish diaspora communities in France in the context of the Syrian civil war and political unrest in Turkey and Iraq in the 2010s. It pays particular attention to how the second generation – the descendants of Kurdish migrants – mobilised in an unprecedented manner in the recent history of Kurdish mobilisations in Europe. The book offers important insights on the generational dynamics of diasporic mobilisations and more broadly of second-generation political activism beyond the diaspora context.
The Kobane Generation: Kurdish Diaspora Mobilising in France has been awarded the 2022 Alixa Naff Book Prize in Migration Studies.
Nokia became a global player in mobile communications in the 1990s, and helped establish Anglo-Saxon capitalism in Finland. Through its success and strong lobbying, the company managed to capture the attention of Finnish politicians, civil servants, and journalists nationwide. With concrete detailed examples, Kingdom of Nokia illustrates how Nokia organised lavishing trips to journalists and paid direct campaign funding to politicians to establish its role at the core of Finnish decision-making. As a result, the company influenced important political decisions such as joining the European Union and adopting the euro, and further, Nokia even drafted its own law to serve its special interests. All this in a country considered one of the least corrupt in the world.Book Details
This volume is a study of the downsides of digitalization and the re-organization of the social world that seems to be associated with it. In a critical perspective, technological development is not a natural but a social process: not autonomous from but very much dependent upon the interplay of forces and institutions in society. This book offers its readers intellectual prerequisites for critical engagement and provides some elements to develop a vision of the role of education: what should be done in education to address the concerns that new communication technologies seem to pose more risks than opportunities for freedom and democracy.Book Details