Through a unique combination of network analytics and critical readings of tweet texts, #HashtagActivism: Networked Counterpublics in the Digital Age examines how and why Twitter hashtags have become an important platform for historically disenfranchised populations to advance counter narratives and advocate for social change. We contend that members of these marginalized groups, in the tradition of counterpublics, are using Twitter hashtags to build diverse networks of dissent and shape the cultural and political knowledge fundamental to contemporary identity-based social movements.

This project is led by Sarah Jackson, Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Wells



Bailey, M., Foucault Welles, B., and Jackson, S.J. #HashtagActivism: Race and Gender in America’s Network Counterpublics. MIT Press. Forthcoming, 2019.

Jackson, S.J., Bailey, M., and Foucault Welles, B. (2017). #GirlsLikeUs: Trans advocacy and community building online. New Media and Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444817709276.

Jackson, S.J. and Foucault Welles, B. (2016). #Ferguson is Everywhere: Initiators in Emerging Counterpublic Networks. Information, Communication and Society. 19(3), 397-418.

Jackson, S.J. and Foucault Welles, B. (2015). Hijacking #myNYPD: Social Media Dissent and Networked Publics. Journal of Communication. 65(6), 932-952.