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Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2016

Publication Source

Journal of Communication Inquiry

Volume

40

Issue

4

Start Page

391

Last Page

407

DOI

10.1177/0196859916667731

Abstract

In this study, we integrate counterpublic sphere theory and feminist standpoint theory to examine the discursive labor and debates shaped by the hashtags #YesAllWomen and #YesAllWhiteWomen. We identify the most influential users in these hashtags’ networks and critically analyze their tweets. Our findings illustrate how feminist counterpublics use Twitter to produce and progress feminist frames about violence against women while simultaneously engaging in community debates about race and inclusion. Our work illuminates how contemporary feminist discourse continues to reflect historical tensions in feminist movements, and how digital media platforms (and user generated tools like Twitter’s hashtag function) can equip feminist cultural workers with new ways to upend mainstream narratives and elevate conversations within feminist sphere(s).

Copyright/Permission Statement

Sarah Jackson, Sonia Banaszczyk, Digital Standpoints: Debating Gendered Violence and Racial Exclusions in the Feminist Counterpublic, Journal of Communication Inquiry (Vol. 40, Issue 4) pp. 391-407 . Copyright © 2016. DOI: 10.1177/0196859916667731.

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Note: At the time of this publication, Dr. Sarah J. Jackson is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is now a faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Keywords

standpoint theory, counter publics, hashtag activism, critical discourse analysis, race

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Date Posted: 19 July 2021