Antiracism apps: framing understandings and approaches to antiracism education and intervention 

Mobile apps for antiracism have become valuable pedagogical and activist tools for their real-time and mapping capabilities, their portability and intimate bodily presence, which enables a reaction exactly when an act of racism occurs.

Antiracism apps: framing understandings and approaches to
antiracism education and intervention
Alana Lentin and Justine Humphry
School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
ABSTRACT
Mobile apps for antiracism have become valuable pedagogical and
activist tools for their real-time and mapping capabilities, their
portability and intimate bodily presence, which enables a reaction
exactly when an act of racism occurs. In this article, five mobile
apps aimed at producing antiracism education or intervention
outcomes from the United Kingdom, Australia and France are the
focus of an interrogation of the ways in which racism and
antiracism are framed and the strengths and weaknesses of these
initiatives for countering dominant forms of everyday racism. We
identify a number of different approaches to racism and
antiracism in our inquiry, which lead to particular sets of aims,
features and uses: the app as a tool for capturing, reporting and
responding to racist acts; as a way of reinforcing a wider sense of
community identity and solidarity; to demonstrate racism,
especially Islamophobia, and make its forms visible, and as a
means for challenging racism through raising awareness and
encouraging bystanders to oppose it. We argue that while these
apps are well disposed to exposing and manifesting isolated
incidents of racism in everyday life, we question their potential for
transformative societal outcomes beyond the level of unilateral
action in the context of events experienced as unique incidents.

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