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Navigating precarious visibility: Ugandan sexual minorities on Twitter
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2019 (English)In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 229-256Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although invisibility has historically provided a degree of protection, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans-, Queer and Intersexuals need to materialize publicly as a group to successfully advocate for their rights. Decades of systematic exclusion of the commu-nity from traditional discourse-producing sites, such as media and physical spaces, could potentially render self-controlled digital spaces an attractive alternative for human rights advocacy and self-representation. The following article explores to what degree the Ugandan sexual minority community utilizes the microblogging platform Twitter’s inbuilt affordance of self-controlled visibility to counter and chal-lenge pervasive homophobic discourses. Through a qualitative content analysis of a purposeful sample of tweets generated by the main sexual minority network (Sexual Minorities Uganda [SMUG]), during the latest general election, the study finds that the affordance of controlled visibility is not consistently exploited for disseminat-ing alternative narratives to external audiences, but rather chooses to highlight the agency of SMUG and its network members

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2019. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 229-256
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LGBTQI, sexual minority, Uganda, discrimination, affordance theory, Twitter
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391305DOI: 10.1386/jams.11.2.229_1ISI: 000482129400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-391305DiVA, id: diva2:1344654
Available from: 2019-08-21 Created: 2019-08-21 Last updated: 2019-10-04Bibliographically approved

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