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Cristian Norocel

Ov Cristian Norocel

Associate senior lecturer

Cristian Norocel

Gendering Web2.0 Sociotechnical Affordances of Far-Right Metapolitics

Author

  • Ov Cristian Norocel

Summary, in English

This study examines the ways in which Web2.0 sociotechnical affordances of far-right metapolitics are gendered. Specifically, I focus on a key Swedish far-right entity that is not only an extensive publisher of far-right intellectual output, but also organizes a political salon that unites various actors from the European transnational far-right ecosystem. My explicit interests are in the performances of far-right masculinity at work in this metapolitical project. Consequently, the article makes both empirical and theoretical contributions to the field. Empirically, the study provides a digital ethnography of the manner in which far-right performances of masculinity consolidate digital fraternities around a shared transnational far-right ethos of the underdog “us.” In so doing, they exploit Web2.0 sociotechnical affordances, presenting their capability of skillfully weaponizing the digital landscape for their metapolitical project. These performances of masculinity aim to re-naturalize the domination, hierarchy, and privilege of White cis heterosexual masculinities across such intersectional axes of inequality as gender, sexuality, race, and social class. This is underpinned by a syncretic theoretical construct, at the heart of which lies the concept of masculinity of crises, buttressed by a superordinate intersectionality perspective. This combination enables a more sophisticated analysis of Web2.0 sociotechnical affordances, highlighting the intersectional underpinnings of the co-constitutive dynamic between far-right performances of masculinity and crises.

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2022-07-22

Language

English

Publication/Series

Social Media + Society

Volume

8

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Human Aspects of ICT

Keywords

  • affordances
  • far-right
  • metapolitics
  • masculinities
  • gender
  • intersectionality
  • social media

Status

Published

Project

  • The Extreme Right Metapolitical Project in the Digital Age

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2056-3051