Once a refugee: selfie activism, visualized citizenship and the space of appearance

@article{Nikunen2019OnceAR,
  title={Once a refugee: selfie activism, visualized citizenship and the space of appearance},
  author={Kaarina Nikunen},
  journal={Popular Communication},
  year={2019},
  volume={17},
  pages={154 - 170}
}
  • Kaarina Nikunen
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • Popular Communication
  • ABSTRACT This article examines the social media campaign “Once I was a refugee” by former refugees as a response to the increasingly hostile political climate in Finland against refugees. With selfie activism, the campaign expanded the “space of appearance” and introduced new voice and visuality to the public debate. The case depicts politics of claiming citizenship and social value through self-presentation to counter views of refugees as economic burden, noncitizens, and surplus humanity. The… CONTINUE READING
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