Conclusion: Researching 'Online Othering'-Future Agendas and Lines of Inquiry

Emily Harmer, Karen Lumsden

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


This concluding chapter sketches out the concept of ‘online othering’ in more detail, discussing its use as a conceptual tool, and outlining the relationship between global politics, culture and digital technologies in the facilitation of ‘online othering’. It highlights how ‘online othering’ is patriarchal, but also involves intersectionalities with other social positionalities. We also discuss how ‘online othering’ is difficult to regulate and police and highlight the ineffective role of Internet and social media corporations, as the Internet economy drives and privileges profit and speed of communication. We highlight how ‘online othering’ can involve resistance and activism, and that digital media has been utilised to challenge hate. The chapter concludes by suggesting future lines of inquiry and applications of the concept of ‘online othering’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Othering
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web
EditorsK Lumsden, E Harmer
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-12633-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12632-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventSymposium on Online Othering - Leicestershire
Duration: 21 Apr 201721 Apr 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity


ConferenceSymposium on Online Othering


  • violence
  • abuse
  • social media
  • othering


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