In/visibility, public-making and the politics of becoming

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Hans Asenbaum’s new book, The Politics of Becoming: Anonymity and Democracy in the Digital Age, takes the question of anonymity beyond the usual tropes. In this essay, I reflect on how foregrounding a politics of becoming generates actionable insights to advance participatory politics and democratic life. In Asenbaum’s account, anonymity emerges as a fundamental dimension of participatory politics not just for what it hides or protects but also for what it shows and enables. The book demonstrates that anonymity is not just absence, but a different kind of presence with its own political thrust.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • democracy
  • anonymity
  • publics
  • participatory politics
  • identity
  • public sphere


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