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Tweeting Feminism: African Feminisms, Digital Counterpublics and The Politics of Gendered Violence

dc.contributor.advisor Makhulu, Anne-Marie
dc.contributor.advisor Douglass, Patrice
dc.contributor.author Kanyogo, Mumbi
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-22T12:44:04Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-22T12:44:04Z
dc.date.issued 2019-05
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/21195
dc.description.abstract Tweeting feminism is a digital ethnographic and archival study of the ways in which Kenyan feminists appropriate Twitter as a site for community building. Firstly, I explore the mutually enabling modes of gendered violence that have been deeply engrained in Kenya’s public sphere for the duration of its existence as a nation-state – what I call a continuum of patriarchal violence. These modes of harm ultimately short-circuit women’s engagement in mainstream politics and therefore the use of public political space to contend with harm exacted on women. In the wake of this violence, I then contend that a “digital feminist counterpublic sphere” emerges – a term which I use to describe the alternative publics that radical Kenyan feminists have developed to survive their exclusion from formal public sphere engagement. I argue that in this online space, radical Kenyan feminists use disrespectability, care, solidarity practices and archival practices – what I call digital ululations – to generate and strengthen feminist community.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Feminism
dc.subject Kenya
dc.subject Twitter
dc.subject Social media
dc.subject Public engagement
dc.title Tweeting Feminism: African Feminisms, Digital Counterpublics and The Politics of Gendered Violence
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
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