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New Brazilian feminism and online networks: cyberfeminism, protest and the female "Arab Spring"

Matos, C. (2017). New Brazilian feminism and online networks: cyberfeminism, protest and the female "Arab Spring". International Sociology, 32(3), pp. 417-434. doi: 10.1177/0268580917694971


In the last decades, the region of Latin America has been through many changes, with the reduction of inequality levels and a political trend which has seen the election of female politicians throughout the continent, including a revival of gender politics and feminist movements. Countries like Brazil are still home to gender discrimination and inequality, with high levels of domestic violence towards women, low levels of political representation, a culture of machismo and the predominance still of stereotypical gender representations in the media. Questions asked include how the media can better contribute to assist in gender development and nation-building. How can online platforms make a difference? This article provides a critical summary of feminist theoretical perspectives on the potential of online communications for the advancement of women’s rights, further providing a brief case study of contemporary Brazilian feminism and the mobilization around women’s rights, particularly in 2015.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by SAGE Publications in International Sociology, available online at
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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