Connective Memory Work on Justice for Mike Brown

Rik Smit*

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    This chapter addresses what I term the "connective memory work" carried out on Facebook page dedicated to achieving justice for Michael Brown, an African America teenager whose death at the gun of white police officer Darren Wilson in early August 2014 led to the Ferguson protests. The chapter outlines four types of connective memory work evident on the page. These types include the ‘memetic resurrection’ that involved the appropriation of iconic historical imagery alongside those of networked commemoration, digital archiving and curation, and crowd reconstruction. Central to this contribution the call to rethink the digital memory work practices of activists so as to integrate a concern for the agency of social media platforms themselves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSocial Movements, Cultural Memory and Digital Media
    Subtitle of host publicationMobilising Mediated Remembrance
    EditorsSamuel Merrill, Emily Keightley, Priska Daphi
    PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)9783030328269
    Publication statusPublished - 27-Mar-2020

    Publication series

    NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

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