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Media practices in contemporary feminist movements in and across Europe : Mapping feminist activism in Spain and Sweden

Askanius, Tina LU and Espinar Ruiz, Eva LU (2016) ECREA , 2016
Abstract
This paper presents the results of a pilot study prepared for a larger research project entitled ‘Media practices in contemporary feminist movements in and across Europe’ which examines how feminist groups and networks in Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark) and Southern Europe (Spain and Portugal) are engaging online media in their struggle for gender equality and transformative social change.



As part of the effort to understand how feminist movements are shaped by different socio-economic and political contexts across Europe, this paper details the preliminary analytical steps of identifying and mapping organisations, groups and networks in Sweden and Spain to be selected for further analysis. In the analysis, we... (More)
This paper presents the results of a pilot study prepared for a larger research project entitled ‘Media practices in contemporary feminist movements in and across Europe’ which examines how feminist groups and networks in Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark) and Southern Europe (Spain and Portugal) are engaging online media in their struggle for gender equality and transformative social change.



As part of the effort to understand how feminist movements are shaped by different socio-economic and political contexts across Europe, this paper details the preliminary analytical steps of identifying and mapping organisations, groups and networks in Sweden and Spain to be selected for further analysis. In the analysis, we consider different types of social movement organizations and actors in the two countries to examine commonalities and differences in the ‘repertoires of communication’ from which activists choose and then engage in different sets of contentious media practices (Mattoni 2013).



The results of this mapping exercise thus form a crucial part of the purposive sampling process of the larger project, just as the pilot study work to test and detect possible barriers related to a research design that provides us with a balanced understanding of the cultural specificities and historical contexts of social-movement media practices in specific national contexts while at the same time allowing for meaningful international comparisons of different empirical case studies. Such a comparative case approach to studying social movements (Snow and Trom 2002) is premised on the belief that ‘if we want to explore how web technologies are transforming political participation, we have to explore how different political groups, which are grounded on different political cultures, understand internet technologies according to context-specific political imaginations’ (Barassi 2015).



References



Barassi, V. (2015) Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles against Digital Capitalism. London and New York: Routledge.



Mattoni, A. (2013) ‘Repertoires of communication in social movement processes’, in B. Cammaerts, A. Mattoni and P. McCurdy (eds.), Mediation and Protest Movements. Chicago: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press. (pp. 39-56)



Snow,D. A. and Trom, D. (2002) 'The case study of social movements' in B. Klandermans and S. Staggenborg (eds.), Methods of Social Movement Research, Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (Less)
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As part of the effort to understand how feminist movements are shaped by different socio-economic and political contexts across Europe, this paper details the preliminary analytical steps of identifying and mapping organisations, groups and networks in Sweden and Spain to be selected for further analysis. In the analysis, we consider different types of social movement organizations and actors in the two countries to examine commonalities and differences in the ‘repertoires of communication’ from which activists choose and then engage in different sets of contentious media practices (Mattoni 2013). <br/><br>
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The results of this mapping exercise thus form a crucial part of the purposive sampling process of the larger project, just as the pilot study work to test and detect possible barriers related to a research design that provides us with a balanced understanding of the cultural specificities and historical contexts of social-movement media practices in specific national contexts while at the same time allowing for meaningful international comparisons of different empirical case studies. Such a comparative case approach to studying social movements (Snow and Trom 2002) is premised on the belief that ‘if we want to explore how web technologies are transforming political participation, we have to explore how different political groups, which are grounded on different political cultures, understand internet technologies according to context-specific political imaginations’ (Barassi 2015). <br/><br>
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References<br/><br>
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Barassi, V. (2015) Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles against Digital Capitalism. London and New York: Routledge.<br/><br>
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Mattoni, A. (2013) ‘Repertoires of communication in social movement processes’, in B. Cammaerts, A. Mattoni and P. McCurdy (eds.), Mediation and Protest Movements. Chicago: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press. (pp. 39-56) <br/><br>
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