Feminist ethics of care in and through online spaces

Authors: Roberta Hawkins*, University of Guelph
Topics: Geographic Theory
Keywords: care, digital, social media, Internet, relational
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Inspired by calls to explore how feminist approaches can be used to better theorize and investigate digital geographies, this paper explores care in and through online spaces. Using feminist theories on care work, care in everyday settings and caring across distances, I examine how these perspectives enable a more thorough understanding of online spaces and digital interactions. I use a series of social media case studies (including campaigns launched by NGOs and corporate foundations, online activist movements, and place-based community groups) to illustrate how care is manifest in and through everyday online engagements. I pay particular attention to relational care ethics and an embodied understanding of caring for and about others to offer insights on how users engage with technologies, spaces and one another online.

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