Linking Feminist Representations with Identity Presentations on Twitter

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2022-9-20
Demir, Şule
The feminist movement maintains its importance at a time when femicides never decreased, and violence against women is still one of the important items on the agenda. Considering the benefits that gender equality will provide to every group of society, feminist representations are generally shaped negatively. As the role of social groups in creating social representations cannot be denied, associating with identity in representation studies can strengthen our knowledge on the subject. Accordingly, the aim of the present study is to reveal the prevailing social representations related to feminists, analyze identity presentations, and examine the relationship between feminist representations and identity presentations on Twitter in Türkiye. For this purpose, thematic analysis was applied to 542 tweets taken from Twitter to see feminist representations. The themes found in 219 tweets are as follows: feminist characteristics and qualities are negative, feminist ideology is harmful to the country, and boundaries of feminist identity. The bio section has been examined to look at how identities are presented on Twitter. Words in 542 bios are assigned to the main categories of descriptors, affiliations, preferences, quotes and undetectable. Although there is not enough data to clearly reveal the relationship between feminist representations and identity presentations, it is thought that mentioning sports club support, religion, reactionary movements, and political connections in social identity presentations may be related to feminist representations.

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Ş. Demir, “Linking Feminist Representations with Identity Presentations on Twitter,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.