Gender and Hierarchy: A Case Study of the Independent Media in Center Network. In Dorothy Kidd, Laura Stein & Clemencia Rodríguez (Eds.) Making Our Media.

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TítolGender and Hierarchy: A Case Study of the Independent Media in Center Network. In Dorothy Kidd, Laura Stein & Clemencia Rodríguez (Eds.) Making Our Media.
Tipus de publicacióText
Formatllibre
AutoriaBrooten, Lisa, and Hadl Gabriele
URLhttp://docs.indymedia.org/pub/Main/IndygenderResearchers/CHAPTER6BROOTENHADLFeb2407.pdf
Any de publicació2007
Editorial Hampton Press
Lloc de publicacióCresskill, NJ:
Suportfísic i electrònic
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Sinopsi

This chapter illustrates that a gender perspective is essential if social movements are to
develop practical alternatives to the status quo, taking as a case study the network of
Independent Media Centers (IMCs), or "Indymedia." IMCs are committed through their
Principles of Unity2 to work toward “the development of non-hierarchical and antiauthoritarian
relationships, from interpersonal relationships to group dynamics”
(Indymedia Documentation Project, 2002: No. 6). Nonetheless, a number of Indymedia
activists have argued that at least in terms of gender relations, these principles are less than
widely realized. Which issues have they highlighted? Which patterns can be identified in
these debates? Drawing on internal IMC discussion forums, posted articles on gender and
the discussions they trigger, and interviews with IMC activists, we analyze how issues of
gender have been discussed within the network. How do participants in these debates view
the network’s relationship to patriarchy? Who is accorded the right and ability to speak
(and for whom) and how is "normatively feminine" labor valued? How do they reflect on
Indymedia’s self-imposed challenge to confront and replace hierarchical relations? Our
analysis of these debates suggests that measures designed to improve access and level the
playing field, in some cases ironically reinforce hierarchical structures. These findings hold
lessons not only for Indymedia, but for all movements for more just communication
societies.

Paraules clausindymedia; gender; womyn; imc; networks; global; socialmovements