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Anonymous : the performance of hidden identities

ISBN: 9780226765136
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Origin: US
Release Date: November, 2023

Book Details

In recent years, anonymity has rocked the political & social landscape. There are countless examples: An anonymous whistleblower was at the heart of President Trump’s first impeachment, the hacker group Anonymous compromised more than 77 million Sony accounts & best-selling author Elena Ferrante resolutely continued to hide her real name & entity. In Anonymous, Thomas DeGloma draws on a fascinating set of contemporary & historical cases to build a sociological theory that accounts for the many faces of anonymity. He asks a number of pressing questions about the social conditions & effects of anonymity. What is anonymity & why, under various circumstances, do individuals act anonymously? How do individuals accomplish anonymity? How do they use it, and, in some situations, how is it imposed on them? To answer these questions, DeGloma tackles anonymity thematically, dedicating each chapter to a distinct type of anonymous action, including ones he dubs protective, subversive, institutional, and ascribed. Ultimately, he argues that anonymity and pseudonymity are best understood as performances, in which people obscure personal identities as they make meaning for various audiences. As they bring anonymity and pseudonymity to life, DeGloma shows, people work to define the world around them to achieve different goals and objectives.