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Our stories matter: Storytelling and social justice in the Hollaback! movement

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-415
JournalGender and Education
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date8 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Apr 2016

Abstract

As feminist and anti-racist scholars and activists have long known, which stories predominate and which are marginalised is always a question of power and authority – about who is entitled to speak, and who has the authority to decide the meanings of words and actions. Storytelling can be used as a tool for social justice, as exemplified by the international feminist movement Hollaback! and its regional and worldwide struggle to end street harassment and make public spaces accessible for everyone. This article examines the practice of sharing stories within one specific Hollaback! group, highlighting the timeliness of the online storytelling technologies promoted by the movement and considering this work as an example of extra-academic feminist education. The article concludes by questioning to what extent feminists manage to formulate their own localised struggles through storytelling within the feminist movement as a whole.

    Research areas

  • street harassment, storytelling, globalisation, social movements, technology, activism

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