#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice
NetSI faculty member Brooke Foucault Welles will be discussing and signing bookplates for her forthcoming book, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press), co-authored with Moya Bailey and Sarah J. Jackson.
#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice is about the power of hashtag activism became clear in 2011, when #IranElection served as an organizing tool for Iranians protesting a disputed election and offered a global audience a front-row seat to a nascent revolution. Since then, activists have used a variety of hashtags, including #JusticeForTrayvon, #BlackLivesMatter, #YesAllWomen, and #MeToo to advocate, mobilize, and communicate.
In this book, Sarah Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles explore how and why Twitter has become an important platform for historically disenfranchised populations, including African Americans, women, and transgender people. They show how marginalized groups, long excluded from elite media spaces, have used Twitter hashtags to advance counter-narratives, preempt political spin, and build diverse networks of dissent.
This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not a member of the Northeastern community, please email Sarah Connell to RSVP.