Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Grindr-ing Respectability, Normativity, and the Abject Other
by Toler, Eric Blaine, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2020, 96; 27828904
Abstract (Summary)

In this project, I locate Grindr as a critical site of the (re)production of the respectable queer subject. Examining the mobile smartphone application as a venue for queer world-making and the challenges it poses to distinctions between the public and the private, I consider Grindr as a possible queer counterpublic with broad implications for its users. I ask how the process of blocking and explicitly writing that certain bodies are not welcome is in itself a crucial process of producing one’s own normative identity and presentation, as well as producing the abject subject. Working with scholarship on queer world-making, identity formation, and critical race studies of affective influences on racialized identity, I argue that Grindr offers an avenue for users to produce identity and subjectivity that extends beyond the realm of its digital boundaries. I use phenomenological inquiry and critical analysis of theoretical scholarship to build my argument, weaving this together with my own personal experiences as lived knowledge. Using personal experience and existing scholarship to explore Grindr’s potential for subject production, I seek to examine hegemonic sociality as it appears on the application.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bouchard, Danielle
Commitee: Cervenak, Sarah Jane, Bettez, Silvia
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: College of Arts & Sciences: Women's & Gender Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gender studies, Womens studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Abjection, Grindr, Queer studies, Respectability
Publication Number: 27828904
ISBN: 9798662438392
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