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Transformative Media

Transformative Media

Intersectional Technopolitics from Indymedia to #BlackLivesMatter

by Sandra Jeppesen

Published by: UBC Press

256 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 8 tables

  • ISBN: 9780774865913
  • Published: November 2021


In 1999, Seattle activists adopted cutting-edge livestream technology to cover protests against the World Trade Organization. The Indymedia network that emerged established the importance of alternative, anti-capitalist media for marginalized groups.

Transformative Media explores subsequent developments as the anti-oppression practices of digitally facilitated movements and media activists began contributing to a nascent intersectional technopolitics: harnessing the transformative power of technologies for political purposes. Drawing on participatory research, Sandra Jeppesen investigates the complex, often contradictory digital and offline practices of grassroots media and social movement groups such as Indignados, #BlackLivesMatter, Idle No More, 2LGBTQ+, and #MeToo.

This groundbreaking work examines how a broad array of anti-capitalists, women, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and 2LGBTQ+ people are contesting interlocking systems of capitalism, gender oppression, racism, colonialism, and heteronormativity. Transformative Media takes us behind the scenes of some of the world’s most exciting and controversial social movements.