New in Town: Gay Immigrants and Geosocial Dating Apps

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Abstract

As an exploratory study of recent immigrants’ uses of and experiences on gay geosocial dating platforms in the greater Copenhagen area, this chapter analyses profile texts on Grindr and PlanetRomeo, and gives voice to ten recent immigrants who use these platforms. The first research ques- tion relates to the ways users form offline social networks through these media; in this regard, gay dating platforms can be viewed as ‘social media’ not unlike mainstream social networking sites. The second research ques- tion relates to discussions of race and exclusion online; with regard to the ways some users transform their public profiles into soapboxes to broadcast political messages, these gay dating platforms – not unlike YouTube and Facebook – can also be spaces for social media activism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLGBTQs, Media and Culture in Europe
EditorsAlexander Dhoest, Lukasz Szulc, Bart Eeckhout
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2017
Pages244-261
ChapterV.14
ISBN (Print)9781138649477
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesRoutledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies
Volume100

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Shield, A. DJ. (2017). New in Town: Gay Immigrants and Geosocial Dating Apps. In A. Dhoest, L. Szulc, & B. Eeckhout (Eds.), LGBTQs, Media and Culture in Europe (pp. 244-261). Routledge. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies, Vol.. 100