The book deals with precarity within the digital age and focuses on media change and social insecurity.
Change arising from digital developments takes place on micro-, meso- and meta-levels and have always social implications. Concepts such as Social Media, eHealth and Digital Capitalism, Informational Capitalism and Social Exclusion, Digital Globalization and Motility frame the social dynamics and implications of changes in digital media. These changes evoke a double precarity or stable unstability: Social practices throughout the diverse societal fields are questioned through the media change which leads to a digital age. The ongoing media change requires new social practices – what evokes precarity as an ongoing insequirity how to face the `new digital world´.
As a socio-economic phenomenon and effect of neoliberal policy precarity changes life planning and self-narrations of the affected individuals. Precarity and neoliberal subjection-processes manifest in the digital age and are performatively re-produced by the way new media are used.
Birte Heidkamp is in charge of the coordination of the e-Learning Centre at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
Dr. David Kergel is responsible for the project “Habitussensitive Teaching and Learning” at the HAWK Hildesheim.