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Activate, Collaborate, Participate. The network revolutions of Riot Grrrl affiliated music worlds.

O'Shea, Susan (2020) Activate, Collaborate, Participate. The network revolutions of Riot Grrrl affiliated music worlds. Punk and Post Punk. ISSN 2044-1983 (In Press)

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Abstract

Social networks act as a metaphor for discussion about many historical and contemporary music worlds. Much of the literature on feminist music movements like Riot Grrrl, Ladyfest, and Girls Rock camps, conceptualise collective action and participation in network terms. However, in doing so the approach is almost exclusively qualitative. Individuals tie movements, collectives and organisations together and help their cultural spread across cities and countries. Yet individuals can also cause ruptures in networks that may lead to their collapse or fracturing. This paper uses mixed-methods social network analysis (SNA) to unpack the structure, development and impact of a Riot Grrrl associated music network across geographical space and time. By investigating the strong ties of shared band membership and playing together, the centrality of key bands and musicians across overlapping music movements associated with Riot Grrrl are explored at micro, meso and macro levels of network interaction. The ability to visualize music collaboration networks allows us to see patterns and connections that may not have been previously apparent. Whilst there is a small but growing body of work on punk using SNA methods, these have overwhelmingly been male dominated. This is the first formal network application on punk-inspired feminist music worlds that redresses the gender imbalance.

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