Rethinking social change: The promises of Web 2.0 for the marginalized

  • David Nemer

Abstract

This paper focuses on the uses of Web 2.0 platforms by residents of favelas, urban slums in Brazil, in order to expand our understanding of what Web 2.0 can and cannot do in terms of social change. To explore this problem space, I draw on a 10-month ethnography in the favelas of Vitória, Brazil to study slum residents’ Web 2.0 practices and engagements. I show how Web 2.0 afforded favela residents the ability to protest and cross social boundaries, but when that happened they faced something much stronger: social exclusion, police brutality against the blacks and poor, and limited civic engagement.

Author Biography

David Nemer

David Nemer is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of the book Favela Digital: The other side of technology (Editora GSA, 2013).

Published
2016-06-10
How to Cite
Nemer, D. (2016). Rethinking social change: The promises of Web 2.0 for the marginalized. First Monday, 21(6). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i6.6786