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Doctoral StudentPolitical Theory
Bonnie is interested in public discourse and democratic agency given new internet mediums. Her dissertation explores the political work of written exchange in feminist and other digital, discourse communities that frame themselves as "safe" or "safer" spaces. The core questions that guide her work are as follows:
-- Why do people create and seek out digital spaces framed as operating differently from, or even contesting norms of public discourse on the web? To what extant does the felt need for these spaces map onto inequalities, but in particular across gender and race?
-- How does participation on these sites shape participants' sense of themselves as political actors? How does it shape what it means to be and act as a feminist?
-- How do participants create different standards of "legitimate" public discourse? What do we make of the use of censorship and other means of policing discourse which appear anti-democratic?
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