How Twitter users #sayhername: Discursive framing of gender justice in Black Lives Matter

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2018-01-01
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Besch, Darcy
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Ann Oberhauser
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The purpose of this study is to explore gendered language in the BLM dialogue on Twitter. Specifically, I ask how the discourse on Twitter reflects and contributes to gendered power relations or dynamics in the BLM movement. The analysis includes samples of tweets about BLM from 2014 to 2015. Feminist critical discourse analysis that draws from intersectionality and social movement framing reveal that the dialogue on Twitter is primarily androcentric in nature. A small number of tweets were more gender-inclusive. This study contributes to the literature on discursive opportunity structure by examining the ways in which regular social media users can affect the shape and framing of a movement online. I examine how Black women are included or excluded from the BLM discourse, and how that might affect the social support they receive.

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