Domestic Violence on #qanda: The 'Man' Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A

Dragiewicz, M., & Burgess, J. (2016). Domestic Violence on #qanda: The “Man” Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 28(1), 211–229. http://doi.org/10.3138/cjwl.28.1.211

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Molly Dragiewicz

Griffith University

Jean Burgess

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Domestic violence is currently undergoing a period of heightened visibility in Australia. This article uses social media to analyse public discussions about this violence with respect to a specified theoretical frame, which Adrian Howe has called the “Man” question: where and how are men visible or invisible in narratives about their violence against women? The article presents a qualitative study of the Twitter conversation surrounding a special episode of Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s television programme Q&A themed around Family Violence, which aired in February 2015. We found that the place of men in this conversation was contested. Some tweets privileged men’s voices and concerns, as did the organisation and production of the programme. However, feminist voices were also highly visible via presenting facts, legitimating survivor voices, and recuperating antifeminist memes to challenge hegemonic patriarchal discourses on men’s violence against women.

Keywords: Australia, feminism, anti-feminism, domestic violence, Twitter, Q&A, framing, social movements, social media, television, current affairs

Suggested Citation

Dragiewicz, Molly and Burgess, Jean, Domestic Violence on #qanda: The 'Man' Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A (2016). Dragiewicz, M., & Burgess, J. (2016). Domestic Violence on #qanda: The “Man” Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 28(1), 211–229. http://doi.org/10.3138/cjwl.28.1.211, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4175739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4175739

Molly Dragiewicz (Contact Author)

Griffith University

School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University
Southport, Queensland QLD 4222
Australia
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Jean Burgess

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Australia

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