Critical Digital and Social Media Studies

The book series “Critical Digital and Social Media Studies” is edited by Chrisitan Fuchs on behalf of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and published by Westminster University Press with support by the University of Westminster. It publishes books in open access format (using a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license) and as affordable paperbacks. It launches calls for book proposals that are widely disseminated and also published on this page. 

It publishes books that critically study the role of the Internet, digital and social media in society and make critical interventions. Its publications analyse how power structures, digital capitalism, ideology, domination and social struggles shape and are shaped by digital and social media. They use and develop critical theories, are profoundly theoretical, and discuss the political relevance and implications of the studied topics. The book series understands itself as a critical theory forum for Internet and social media research that makes critical interventions into contemporary political topics in the context of digital and social media. It is also interested in publishing works that, based on critical theory foundations, develop and apply critical social media research methods that challenge digital positivism. It furthermore is interested in digital media ethics that are grounded in critical social theories and critical philosophy.

The book series’ understanding of critical theory and critique is grounded in approaches such as critical political economy and Frankfurt School critical theory. It is interested in the advancement of these approaches in ways that foster critical understandings of how the economy and culture, work and communication, labour and ideology, class and identities (including ethnic and gender identities and issues relating to racism and patriarchy), distribution and recognition, production and consumption, the global and the regional/local, Western and non-Western cultures and societies, the universal and the particular, society and the individual, the public and the private, production and reproduction, etc. are related.

Example topics that the book series is interested in include: the political economy of digital and social media; digital and informational capitalism; digital labour; ideology critique in the age of social media; new developments of critical theory in the age of digital and social media; critical studies of advertising and consumer culture online; critical social media research methods; critical digital and social media ethics; working class struggles in the age of social media; the relationship of class, gender and race in the context of digital and social media; the critical analysis of the implications of big data, cloud computing, digital positivism, the Internet of things, predictive online analytics, the sharing economy, location- based data and mobile media, etc.; the role of classical critical theories for studying digital and social media; alternative social media and Internet platforms; the public sphere in the age of digital media; the critical study of the Internet economy; critical perspectives on digital democracy; critical case studies of online prosumption; public service digital and social media; commons-based digital and social media; subjectivity, consciousness, affects, worldviews and moral values in the age of digital and social media; digital art and culture in the context of critical theory; environmental and ecological aspects of digital capitalism and digital consumer culture.

Editor: Prof Christian Fuchs, Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Westminster

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WIAS is an academic space for independent critical thinking beyond borders.