Social Media and Diversity Politics
What kind of possibilities do digital technology offer to diversity politics in the cultural sector?
Photo: Cecilia Salinas
This study examines digital strategies that people in the culture sector develop to influence the politics of belonging.
Whereas intimate conversations about exclusion in the pre-digital past mostly took place around “kitchen tables”, these conversations have now moved online and entered the public sphere with force. This is clear in relation to the state of affairs in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the impact in Norway.
Norwegians with minority background and immigrants are increasingly sharing personal stories of exclusion and racism through digital platforms, seeking to challenge the idea of Norway as a place without racism. Digital platforms afford to expand the scope of participation in conversations which are not widely public, but are not so private either.
With this in mind, I wonder what kind of political community of conversation artists and models on Instagram and on Facebook communities – for people in the cultural sector – create in their efforts to reconfigure the politics of belonging?