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Digital Politics in the Diaspora: U.K. Aam Aadmi Party Supporters Online and Offline

Webb, Martin. 2019. Digital Politics in the Diaspora: U.K. Aam Aadmi Party Supporters Online and Offline. Television and New Media, 00, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1527-4764 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In 2012 the Aam Aadmi (common man) Party (AAP) made its debut on the Indian political scene on a platform promoting ethical politics, anti-corruption action and active citizenship. Inspired by the AAP’s call to “change politics” many Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the UK Indian diaspora joined an international network of groups that provided support for the party in subsequent successful election campaigns. This article follows the ways in which digital media played a key role in the formation of intense individual attachments to the party, and how, for some, it became the means through which disillusionment with the party and its project was expressed. By attending to digital politics in the Indian diaspora as it plays out in this relatively recent political formation, we can gain a new perspective on the circulations, connections and class values through which post-liberalization projects to reform the nation are worked on from beyond its borders.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1527476419871672

Keywords:

Indian diaspora, Aam Aadmi Party, digital politics, anti-corruption activism, social media networks

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
23 June 2019Accepted
30 August 2019Published Online

Item ID:

26496

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2019 09:10

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2020 18:22

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26496

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