Gay Men, Identity, and Social Media

Gay Men, Identity, and Social Media : The Culture of Participatory Reluctance

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This book explores identity management practices employed by young gay social media users in the context of convergence between niche sites like Gaydar and more mainstream sites like Facebook. Cassidy considers key public issues such as participatory reluctance, online privacy, and digital equality from the perspective of a demographic currently underrepresented in social media research. The findings provide critical insights for those interested in the trajectory of gay men's digital culture, social networks and LGBT mental health, and the nature of multi-sited identity management in social media more more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138830852
  • 9781138830851

Review quote

"Cassidy has answered the call a number of us have been making for a solid empirical study of social media habits in the LGBTQ communities. The specific social media venues may change with time but what his work has to teach us about identity formation and performance, the formation of social capital, and the building of social networks will influence our agendas and thinking for years to come." - Bruce E. Drushel, Miami University, USA "An elegant book that makes significant contributions to our understandings of gay male internet use, but more generally to how social media, place, and subcultures come together to shape identity." - Nancy Baym, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA "This work offers important and compelling insights into how gay men utilize social networking sites. Given that the online experiences of sexual minorities are woefully understudied, Elija Cassidy's study is a welcome work indeed." - John Edward Campbell, Temple University, USAshow more

About Elija Cassidy

Elija Cassidy is a lecturer in journalism, media, and communication at Queensland University of Technology, Australiashow more

Table of contents

1. Participatory Reluctance - An Introduction 2. Reviewing the Field, Recalling a History 3. Gaydar and Participatory Reluctance 4. Facebook and Its Role in Gaydar Cultures 5. Place, Platforms, Progress 6. Conclusionshow more