Marginalized Voices Online: Social Media, Power, and (Dis)Engagement

Friday, 20 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)

Language: English

Social media is often seen as an opportunity for marginalized voices to be heard - bypassing traditional media channels and gatekeepers, and bringing content for the people, by the people, creating a more diverse environment for ideas to flourish. But is this really the case? Or does social media replicate the same power dynamics that are seen in traditional forms of media?

In this session, participants will present papers surrounding the social media practices of marginalized groups, with reflections on power relations online. It will also be a chance to ask questions about what it means to be engaged or disengaged online, what are the barriers that stop marginalized voices from being heard, and how those barriers can be subverted.

Session Organizer:
Katya BOZUKOVA, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
Costas PETRAKIS, TEI of Ionian Islands, Greece
Nicholas TATSIS, University of Athens, Greece
Oral Presentations
Black Social Media Use and Discrimination: Sites of Oppression and Expression
Gabe MILLER, Texas A&M University, USA; Guadalupe MARQUEZ-VELARDE, Texas A&M University, USA; Apryl WILLIAMS, Susquehanna University, USA; Verna KEITH, Texas A&M University, USA
Online Framing of LGBT’s Community Against the Brazilian’s “Gay Cure”: The Judiciary and the Question of Democratic Legitimacy
Tatiana TERRA RUEDIGER, FGV - DAPP (Public Policies Analysis Board), Brazil; Paula DUARTE, FGV - DAPP (Public Policies Analysis Board), Brazil
Digital Sociology and the Archimedean Affect
Alphia POSSAMAI-INESEDY, Western Sydney University, Australia; Alan NIXON, Western Sydney University, Australia
An Analysis on Perceived Effects of Social Media in India
Padma RANI, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India; Binod C. AGRAWAL, Manipal University, India