Digital Feminism in Fiji

Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), Research Paper No. 59

23 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2018

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Tait Brimacombe

Institute for Human Security & Social Change; Developmental Leadership Program (DLP); Department of Anthropology & Development Studies

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific

Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific

Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific; La Trobe University

Date Written: October 1, 2018

Abstract

The research highlights the potential for social media to be used to put pressure on policymakers and to challenge misrepresentations (or lack of discussion) in the mainstream media. Through social media, activists can disseminate information, press releases and alternative narratives to generate public protest. These online campaigns can gain the attention of international media outlets and eventually trigger domestic media coverage.

At the individual level, social media raises activists’ digital consciousness by improving their access to information and alternative narratives. This helps shape their identities and practices.

At the collective level, digital technologies have fostered a virtual community of accountability and transparency for activists. Through digital archives, activists were able to hold themselves and others to account. Social media platforms also enable activists to cultivate networks of solidarity and support, fostering local and global communities of practice. Research participants’ experiences illustrate the strength of these collective identities – begun through ‘offline’ networks and organisations, then expanded and solidified through digital technologies.

At the societal level, online campaigns can mobilise public protest.

Keywords: Digital Feminism, Online Activism, Digital Activism

Suggested Citation

Brimacombe, Tait and Finau, Glen and Kant, Romitesh and Tarai, Jope and Titifanue, Jason, Digital Feminism in Fiji (October 1, 2018). Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), Research Paper No. 59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3282838

Tait Brimacombe (Contact Author)

Institute for Human Security & Social Change; Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Department of Anthropology & Development Studies ( email )

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Laucala Campus
Suva
Fiji

Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva ( email )

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific ( email )

La Trobe University

Institute for Human Security and Social Change
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

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