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Author(s)

Sarah Jackson

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2018

Publication Source

New Media and Society

Volume

20

Issue

5

Start Page

1868

Last Page

1888

DOI

10.1177/1461444817709276

Abstract

In this research we examine the advocacy and community building of transgender women on Twitter through methods of network and discourse analysis and the theory of networked counterpublics. By highlighting the network structure and discursive meaning-making of the #GirlsLikeUs network, we argue that the digital labor of trans women, and especially trans women of color, represents the vanguard of struggles over self-definition. We find that trans women on Twitter, led by Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, and in response to histories of misrepresentation and ongoing marginalization and violence, deliberately curate an intersectional networked counterpublic that works to legitimize and support trans identities and advocate for trans autonomy in larger publics and counterpublics.

Comments

At the time of publication, author Sarah Janet Jackson] was affiliated with Northeastern University. Currently, She is a faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Keywords

transgender, counterpublics, Twitter, hashtags, online advocacy, network analysis, discourse analysis, #GirlsLikeUs

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Date Posted: 27 February 2020

This document has been peer reviewed.