Digital Testimony and Social Media

Martínez García, Ana Belén and Karner, Christian (2023) Digital Testimony and Social Media. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Testimony and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 279-300. ISBN 9783031137938

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In the 1990s Stuart Hall described the “cultural revolution” of the historically silenced “coming into representation” while Nancy Fraser defined “subaltern counterpublics” for oppressed groups to articulate identities and memories. In this chapter, Martínez García and Karner ask whether the digital age provides evidence of such a revolution of self-representations and subaltern testimonies. The authors explore this through a quasi-Socratic dialogue, spelling out and challenging assumptions. Key to their argument is their analysis of digital testimonies by victim-turned-survivor human rights activists Malala Yousafzai, Yeonmi Park, Nujeen Mustafa, or Nadia Murad. The discussion illuminates the political, ethical and epistemological implications of social media testimonies, accounting for the contexts of production, circulation, reception and re-appropriation

Keywords:testimony, culture, social media, cultural theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R930 Other European Societies and Cultures
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:07 Jun 2023 16:31

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