New forms of network activism on the example of muslim women of the Republic of Tatarstan
Development of modern technologies influences the formation of new relations in society. Possibilities of social networks and blogging contributed to the transition from former types of social interaction to new forms of networking. The research problem consists in constant changeability of activism phenomena. Thus, there was an attempt to comprehend this phenomenon within the frameworks of relational network theory on the example of women’s Muslim activism in the Republic of Tatarstan. During the research 6 narrative interview were conducted with Muslim women bloggers who have active social and public life in the Republic of Tatarstan. These informants are representatives of such spheres as modest fashion, kids’ and teenagers’ leisure-time, sport, work with Muslim youth. According to the results of the research, we came to the following conclusions. Initial informal communication of Muslim women bloggers led to consolidation of subjects of the blogging community and formation of the Muslim activists’ network of the region. This network allows expanding social capital within Muslim society due to ranging and integration of collaborative activity. Hereinafter informal associations usually are registered as legal organizations for extension of possibilities. Women’s Muslim activism exerts an impact on image transformation of the modern Muslim woman who demonstrate success both in business and in family relationships. The peculiarity of Muslim women’s activism is the conduct of activities within the framework of devotional duties and development of the Ummah in the realities of contemporary society. For example, the projects of Muslim woman activists are directed on supporting young girls who have just entered the path of religion and may face rejection or bullying in their environment.