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Dey, Adrija (2016) 'A Brief Exploration of the Effects of ICTs and Social Media on the Gender Activism in India Post December 16th 2012.' In: Cerqueira, Carla, Cabecinha, Rosa and Magalhães, Sara I., (eds.), Gender in Focus: (New) Trends in Media. Braga: CECS - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade Universidade do Minho, pp. 187-204.

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Over the last few decades, while information and communication technologies (ICTs) and social media have been increasingly popular and a widely used tool for activism around the world, it is only in the recent past that people have started using these technologies as an alternative platform for activism in India. One of the most extensive use of digital technologies was witnessed in the nationwide protests in India post the Delhi Nirbhaya rape case on December 16th 2012 making it one of the biggest gender movements that the country has witnessed. The focus of this research is to investigate the use ICTs and social media by civil society actors, activists and organisations specifically for gender activism in India. The cyberconflict framework forms the foundation of this paper. The cyberconflict framework developed by Karatzogianni (2006) uses elements of the social movement theory (Mc-Adam, McCarthy & Zald, 1996), including the mobilizing structures, political opportunity and framing process, and combines it with media theory and conflict theory in order to understand the use of ICTs and social media in conflicts occurring in the cyberspace. In order to develop a critical analysis, a case study approach was adopted for this paper. The data was collected by conducting qualitative interviews along with analysing news reports published online, videos, articles on blogs and posts on social media sources such as Facebook and Twitter. Further thematic analysis was used to understand the nature and impact of use of ICTs and social media for gender activism in India.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Additional Information: 9789898600523, 9789898600554
Keywords: Digital activism; gender activism in India; cyberconflict theory; social media
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS South Asia Institute
Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9789898600554
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 11:22

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