Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2018-12-13T16:26:05+00:00 Madhushala Senaratne Open Journal Systems <p>This is the official publication of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. It is a journal run exclusively by, and&nbsp;featuring content solely from,&nbsp;postgraduate and early career researchers.</p> MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2018 Conference Special Issue: Introduction 2018-12-13T16:26:04+00:00 Emma Kaylee Graves <p class="ArticleBody">On 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> July 2018, MeCCSA’s Postgraduate Network held their annual conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. The event was organised by Nicholas Furze, Aurora Patera and Emma Kaylee Graves, all of whom have contributed to the creation of this special issue. The papers presented in this special issue are each based upon presentations given by attendees of this conference. With the inclusive theme of media, community and culture, the conference saw a wide variety of scholarship from contributors based in the UK and beyond. As a result, the four papers that make up this issue vary greatly, but are all related in that they each consider communities’ relationships to the media around the globe.</p> 2018-12-12T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Access and Beyond: An Intersectional Approach to Women’s Everyday Experiences with ICTs 2018-12-13T16:26:04+00:00 Fatma Matin Khan <p>Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are seen as the pathway not just to<br>(economic) development, but key to ensuring good governance and removing social inequality.<br>At the heart of this narrative is the assumption that technology is neutral and an a priori source<br>for good which can be used for the inclusion of marginalised communities. Through in‐depth<br>interviews with working class women in New Delhi, India, my paper seeks to understand how<br>an intersectional social location affects women’s experiences with ICTs, and argues that they<br>are mired in complex ways with structures of caste, gender, class and education. The study<br>builds on feminist insights that technology must be seen as a set of practices, deeply implicated<br>in power relations. Thus, young women’s usage of mobile phones is shaped by upper-caste<br>norms of femininity. For other women, ICTs become a nuisance which allow employers more<br>access to them. This paper underscores the importance of a more bottom-up understanding of<br>the ways in which technology and society shape each other, and reflects on implications for<br>policymaking and future scholarship. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2018-12-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Embodied Online Activism: Breastfeeding Activism (Lactivism) on Facebook 2018-12-13T16:26:04+00:00 Lula Mecinska <p><span style="color: black;">Online support communities for people with various health problems and related online activist&nbsp;groups have been the focus of scholarly attention for three decades. The arrival of social media&nbsp;increased the popularity and breadth of both phenomena. Breastfeeding online activism&nbsp;represents an interesting case in how it connects the (health) support and activist online&nbsp;presences of breastfeeding women. Furthermore, breastfeeding activism - or lactivism - is a&nbsp;form of embodied activism, often performed through breastfeeding. Stemming from over six&nbsp;years of observant participation in breastfeeding spaces online, this article traces the ways in&nbsp;which lactivists use Facebook to further their cause. From the creation of support groups, through the use of Facebook capabilities to organise action and create structures, to Facebook specific forms of mass action, including image flooding and negrating, I argue that the&nbsp;emergence of lactivism as we know it is intimately connected with, and through, the medium.</span></p> 2018-12-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## China’s Cinema Watchdogs on the World Wide Web 2018-12-13T16:26:05+00:00 Lara Herring <p>Online communities play an important role in the development of the Chinese film industry in&nbsp;several significant ways. Taking social media as its focus, this article explores three areas of&nbsp;influence; promoting transparency, critiquing and policing. In China, the leaking of private&nbsp;industry documents, such as employment contracts and memos including information about&nbsp;incentives put forth by the State, are shared on social media with the intention of helping to&nbsp;ensure the opacity and integrity of the industry. Furthermore, where State-run media channels&nbsp;in China are heavily censored, film critiques are made possible through less-restricted social&nbsp;media sites such as Douban. Finally, this paper explores the role that users of social media play&nbsp;in policing distributors and cinema chains who are accused of committing box office fraud&nbsp;when Chinese film industry personnel and cinemagoers use social media to call out&nbsp;malfeasance. Thus, this paper contributes to existing research interested in State intervention&nbsp;in the Chinese cinema industry and the consequences of that intervention.</p> 2018-12-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Spaces of social representation in the new urban landscape: the case of Kypseli Municipal Market, Athens, Greece 2018-12-13T16:26:05+00:00 Alexandros Daniilidis <p>While being an indicator of a well-regulated economy, public markets also function as spaces&nbsp;of socialization, cultural representation and a formative factor for community identities. In&nbsp;addition, a new trend in the specific field of study has emerged in the past ten years that&nbsp;approaches the institution of public markets as an expression of informal practices, cooperative&nbsp;economy and resistance to the ongoing commercialization and privatization of urban&nbsp;space. A case as such has been the historic municipal market of Kypseli, one of Athens’ most&nbsp;vibrant and densely populated districts. This paper seeks to explore the different stages of social&nbsp;agency and those public initiatives associated with the communal space of Kypseli Market by&nbsp;addressing the following question: How these forces have attempted to reintroduce the space’s&nbsp;character and functionality as a&nbsp; response to the challenges of privatization, commercialization and social exclusion of underprivileged groups of people, namely refugees, migrants and&nbsp;members of lower class stratification?</p> 2018-12-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Interview with Professor Nico Carpentier, Uppsala University 2018-12-13T16:26:05+00:00 Aurora Patera <p>After his keynote speech ‘Culture as an integral part of the discursive-material knot’ presented on 5th July 2018 at the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network conference, Aurora Patera interviewed Prof. Nico Carpentier to explore deeper into the ideas and arguments he presented on this topic. <br><br></p> 2018-12-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Dark Side of Social Media (Review) 2018-12-13T16:26:05+00:00 Nicholas Furze 2018-12-12T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##