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Translocalising and Relocalising Antifascist Struggles: From #KämpaShowan to #KämpaMalmö
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (DIGSUM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9572-5922
Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish Universityof Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Antipode, ISSN 0066-4812, E-ISSN 1467-8330, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 248-270Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the translocal hybrid activism surrounding two demon-strations triggered by a violent altercation between antifascists and neo-Nazis in Malmö in March 2014. It maps the appearance and spread of the hashtag that underpinned this activism: #KämpaShowan. It also considers how the hashtag was articulated, adopted and adapted by different activists in ways that led to the emergence of a newhashtag: #KämpaMalmö. It shows how the action frames foregrounded by #KämpaShowan stimulated its translocal diffusion but were also criticised by local activists who in turn tried to relocalise the energy behind the hashtag and shift its associ-ated action frames. The article thus reveals how antifascist activists might respond to far-right violence with social media tactics that attract broader publics and break the isolation often caused by more confrontational street politics. It also highlights how these tactics can stretch across geographical scales involving processes of relocalisation as much as translocalisation.

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Antipode Foundation Ltd. , 2019. Vol. 51, no 1, p. 248-270
Keywords [en]
antifascism, translocal hybrid activism, translocalisation, relocalisation, action frames, social media
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Social and Economic Geography Media and Communications Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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digital humanities; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap; Sociology; Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153209DOI: 10.1111/anti.12451ISI: 000454708900013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-153209DiVA, id: diva2:1261964
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Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, MAW 2012.0151Available from: 2018-11-09 Created: 2018-11-09 Last updated: 2019-01-25Bibliographically approved

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