Online Othering: An Introduction

Emily Harmer, Karen Lumsden*

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the rapidly changing social and political context which is driving a contested social media landscape and explores examples of othering and discrimination propagated and encountered by individuals online and in social media contexts and cultures. After providing an overview of literature on ‘othering’, we outline our concept of ‘online othering’ which problematises and analyses the dichotomy presented between real and virtual space(s) by exploring the motivations behind othering behaviours and the impact this has on the targets of online abuse. It also explores the extent to which ICTs facilitate and exacerbate traditional offline offences (such as domestic abuse and stalking). Finally, we consider various responses to ‘online othering’ which recognise its oppositional nature and the agency of the othered.
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
PublisherPalgrave
Chapter1
Pages1-33
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-12633-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12632-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventSymposium on Online Othering - Leicestershire
Duration: 21 Apr 201721 Apr 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
PublisherPALGRAVE

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Online Othering
CityLeicestershire
Period21/04/1721/04/17

Keywords

  • VIOLENCE
  • WOMEN
  • COMMUNICATION
  • INTERNET
  • SPACE

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