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Exploring networked identity and transnational mobilization in Ukraine's Euromaidan protests

Lokot, Tetyana orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2488-4045 and Boichak, Olga orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-6547-2015 (2022) Exploring networked identity and transnational mobilization in Ukraine's Euromaidan protests. PArtecipazione e COnflitto, 15 (1). pp. 203-222. ISSN 1972-7623

This study combines ethnographic and computational approaches to critically examine what gets 'lost in translation' when studying intersecting social contexts of diasporic mobilisation around homeland politics. Considering how Ukrainians living in the U.S. engaged with homeland politics during the Euromaidan protests, we map transnational diasporic mobilisation, shining light on the various material, discursive, and affective connections that emerged in the process. We find that Euromaidan protests were a point of passage – and thus, convergence – between the often incongruous notions of national identity across regional as well as national territorial borders. Translating the local meanings and cultural codes associated with the Euromaidan protests, diasporas sought to amplify them to reach global audiences through their use of the grammars and vocabularies of socially mediated protest. Situating our inquiry in networked diasporic discourses and building on a decolonial understanding of Ukraine's history and politics, our approach illuminates the possibilities for studying transnational mobilisation and activism as a heterogeneous network of publics, discourses, and identity practices.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mobilisation; diaspora; social media; protest; Ukraine; postcolonialism
Subjects:Humanities > Language
Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Migration
Social Sciences > Identity
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:University of Salento, SIBA
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1285/i20356609v15i1p203
Copyright Information:© 2022 University of Salento
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:26755
Deposited On:11 Mar 2022 10:47 by Tetyana Lokot . Last Modified 11 Mar 2022 10:47

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