Hashtag Publics

The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks

by Nathan Rambukkana

Series: Digital Formations

This collection investigates the publics of the hashtag. Taking cues from critical public sphere theory, contributors are interested in publics that break beyond the mainstream – in other publics. They are interested in the kinds of publics that do politics in a way that is rough and emergent, flawed and messy, and ones in which new forms of collective power are being forged on the fly and in the shadow of loftier mainstream spheres.
Hashtags are deictic, indexical – yet what they point to is themselves, their own dual role in ongoing discourse. Focusing on hashtags used for topics from Ferguson, Missouri, to Australian politics, from online quilting communities to labour protests, from feminist outrage to drag pop culture, this collection follows hashtag publics as they trend beyond Twitter into other spaces of social networking such as Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr as well as other media spaces such as television, print, and graffiti.
  • Peter Lang; October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781454192015
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Hashtag Publics
  • Series: Digital Formations
  • Author: Nathan Rambukkana (ed.)
  • Imprint: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

In The Press

«Die Idee dieses Buches ist simpel, aber sehr sinnvoll.»
(Katrin Weller, M&K 4/2016)

About The Author

Nathan Rambukkana (PhD, Concordia University) is Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His work centers on the study of discourse, politics, and identities, and his research addresses topics such as hashtag publics, digital intimacies, intimate privilege, and non/monogamy in the public sphere.