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Critical cartography

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Critical cartography refers to the academic field in which products and processes of cartography are critically analysed in order to reveal hegemonic power-relations.

Online-offline nexus

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The online-offline nexus is a description of social reality in the post-digital age. We live our social lives increasingly at the intersection of online and offline forces.

Surveillance

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Surveillance is a mode of power based on the detailed and totalized observation of behavior. It is the prevailing form of power developed and deployed in modernity

Panopticon

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The panopticon is a structure of power-knowledge, used by Michel Foucault to describe a system in which totalized surveillance can be organized.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Culture

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Culture is shorthand for the stuff that makes human interactions meaningful and comprehensible.

Ideology

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Ideology is any set of socially structured ideas guiding behavior and thought in particular domains of life.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Linguicism

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Linguicism is language discrimination or language racism, the discrimination of speakers of a certain language.
QAnon appearing at Trump rallies.

QAnon: a wild conspiracy theory with Donald Trump’s support?

Paper
Idhuna Pastoor
29/01/2020
23 minutes to read

The pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon has been infiltrating mainstream media at a fast pace. While the president has never publicly stated his support for the theory, many clues suggest that his stance towards its supporters is not unfavorable.

identity politics, race, conservatives

Conservative critiques of identity politics as divisive

Column
Rosalyn Negrón
21/01/2020
11 minutes to read

Rosalyn Negron unpacks the logics that underlie conservative critiques of left identity politics and zooms in on the specific significance of this discursive frame among conservatives.

Web 2.0 sees us.

Why we let Web 2.0 become the modern-day Stasi

Article
Lisa van Turnhout
25/05/2020
13 minutes to read

This article contemplates how our "culture of connectivity" brings forth privacy issues reminding us of government surveillance in East Germany. How does this work, and how do we all contribute to this culture?

Kourtney and her son Reign

Mom-shamers vs. celebrities on Instagram

Article
Sanne Graumans
02/06/2020
7 minutes to read

Mom shamers have been around since forever and, sadly, social media has only helped to amplify their voices. When it comes to being especially vitriolic, they take aim at Hollywood moms. This article examines how this unfolds on Instagram.

Marginalization within the natural hair community

Article
Destiny Ursula
24/02/2020
12 minutes to read

The natural hair community has expanded massively over the past 20 years since the movement started in the US. Recently, however, individuals within the community have stared to marginalize certain hair textures, styles and lengths. 

Fursuiters at Furry Weekend Atlanta

Deviance and the furry community

Article
Marit van Dijck
06/04/2020
13 minutes to read

The furry community is a large social group that manifests itself both online and offline. This paper focusses on why the community is seen as deviant and how deviance is also created within the community. 

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.