Immigrants on Grindr

Race, Sexuality and Belonging Online

Authors: Shield, Andrew DJ

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  • Investigates how gay-identified immigrants and refugees experience feelings of inclusion or exclusion within a sexually-charged online subculture
  • Explores the response of ethnic minorities to demonstrations of racism and xenophobia within an intolerant European climate
  • Challenges political rhetoric that labels immigrants from Muslim-majority countries as sexually conservative and homophobic or as victims in need of saving
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About this book

This book examines the role of hook-up apps in the lives of gay, bi, trans, and queer immigrants and refugees, and how the online culture of these platforms promotes belonging or exclusion. Within the context of the so-called European refugee crisis, this research focuses on the experiences of immigrants from especially Muslim-majority countries to the greater Copenhagen area, a region known for both its progressive ideologies and its anti-immigrant practicesGrindr and similar platforms connect newcomers with not only dates and sex, but also friends, roommates and other logistical contacts. But these socio-sexual platforms also become spaces of racialization and othering. Weaving together analyses of real Grindr profile texts, immigrant narratives, political rhetoric, and popular media, Immigrants on Grindr provides an in-depth look at the complex interplay between online and offline cultures, and between technology and society.

About the authors

Andrew D.J. Shield is Assistant Professor at Leiden University, Netherlands, where he specializes in sexuality, migration, and diversity studies. He is the author of Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution (2017), and co-founder of the Leiden Queer History Network. He lives and bikes in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

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“With theoretical elegance and ethnographic empathy, Shield explores a range of arousing, wounding, and life-affirming connections against exclusionary forces of digital dating classifications and sexual racism.” (Jonathan Corpus Ong, Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

Immigrants on Grindr expands our understanding of digital culture, offering new insights into the ways LGBTQ people use dating and hook-up apps. Shield’s research also gives a voice to gay and queer migrants and the racism they face daily as they craft new lives in foreign lands.” (Sharif Mowlabocus, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, USA)

“Shield draws on rich empirical material to make significant contributions to debates about homonationalism, sexual racism, and the role of hook-up apps in shaping contemporary socio-sexual relations. He provides valuable insights into the ways these apps can facilitate those who are ‘new in town’ to settle into their surroundings.” (Gavin Brown, Professor of Political Geography and Sexualities, University of Leicester, UK)

“In this superb study, Andrew DJ Shield gives insight into the production of cultures and identities at a meeting point not often considered, that of immigrant agency, digital affordances, and sexual subjectivity. This work masterfully interweaves studies of digital media, migration, sexuality, and race and ethnicity.” (Nicholas Boston, Associate Professor of Media Sociology, City University of New York–Lehman College, USA)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • “We all have a responsibility… to save them”: Immigrants, Gays, and Those Caught in Between

    Pages 1-26

    Shield, Andrew DJ

  • “The glittering future of a new invention”: Historicizing Grindr Culture

    Pages 27-70

    Shield, Andrew DJ

  • “Remember that if you choose to include information in your public profile … that information will also become public”: Methods and Ethics for Online, Socio-Sexual Fieldwork

    Pages 71-109

    Shield, Andrew DJ

  • “I was staying at the camp, and I met this guy on Grindr, and he asked me to move in with him”: Tourists, Immigrants, and Logistical Uses of Socio-Sexual Media

    Pages 111-142

    Shield, Andrew DJ

  • “Tend to prefer sane, masculine, caucasian (no offense to other flavours though)”: Racial-Sexual Preferences, Entitlement, and Everyday Racism

    Pages 143-184

    Shield, Andrew DJ

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Hardcover 74,89 €
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  • Due: 12. Dezember 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30393-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immigrants on Grindr
Book Subtitle
Race, Sexuality and Belonging Online
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30394-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30394-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30393-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 245
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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