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Activist Hashtags: Counterpublics and Discourse Circulation

A new journal article by doctoral candidate Rachel Kuo examines the ways in which hashtags frame and drive racial justice discourse. The piece, published in the latest issue of New Media & Society, focuses on the usage of hashtags #Solidarityisforwhitewomen and #NotYourAsianSideKick on Twitter as a form of contestation and counter discourse.

Kuo draws from network analysis and critical technocultural discourse analysis to map message circulation within online enclaves of users—on Twitter, but also throughout popular media sites like Jezebel, Essence, and Huffington Post.