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The significance of feminist infrastructure: #MeToo in the construction industry and the green industry in Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5962-1536
Stockholm University, Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2024 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 1092-1112Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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To better understand the interplay between digital activism and feminist infrastructure, this study investigates #MeToo activism in the Swedish construction industry and green industry. Both are industries in transition characterized by a dissonance between formal incentives, that encourage women and others to work in environments previously dominated by white men, and the informal power structures hosting a toxic masculinity. Based on media texts and interviews with key persons from the industries, the article situates #MeToo in a local context and shows how it was embedded in a supportive social, cultural, and technical infrastructure. In both industries, at the time of #MeToo this feminist infrastructure was already in place consisting of: an awareness of the problem of sexual harassment and abuse, knowledge of feminist explanatory models, established feminist online networks, and a supportive feminist culture, which together with widespread digital and feminist literacy became instrumental in the organization of the movement. Social media connected activists and created a critical mass by supporting the uniting of conflicting identity positions around shared differences. The established feminist infrastructure meant that the #MeToo activism, by articulating a widespread affective dissonance, pushed open doors that were already half open and forced them wide. This can explain some of the movement's success in Sweden.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2024. Vol. 31, no 3, p. 1092-1112
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51402DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12994ISI: 000968753800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85152449890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-51402DiVA, id: diva2:1753938
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#metoo activism in Sweden: Development, consequences, strategies, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2018‐01824Available from: 2023-05-02 Created: 2023-05-02 Last updated: 2024-05-13Bibliographically approved

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