Exploring new media technologies among young South African Women. (from Feminist Africa)

This article reflects on how the use of digitised communication and social media among young black South African women can be situated and assessed within the current context. The authors focus especially on nuanced explorations of “civic participation,” “empowerment” and “identity politics” in acknowledging the liberatory potential of young women’s use of information and communication technology (ICTs) and seeking to assess its effects in realistic ways. We therefore speculate about how the uses of ICTs can both open up new possibilities for activism and agency and reveal the difficult formation of what Nancy Fraser has called “subaltern counterpublics” (1992: 109–142) among socially marginalised young women.