This edited collection illuminates the scope with which identities and intimacies interact on a wide range of social media platforms.
A varied range of international scholars examine the contexts of very different social media spaces, with topics ranging from whitewashing and memes, parental discourses in online activities, Spotify as an intimate social media platform, neoliberalisation of feminist discourses, digital sex work, social media wars in trans debates and ‘BimboTok’. The focus is on their acceleration and impact due to the specificities of social media in relation to identities, intimacies within the broad ‘political’ sphere. The geographic range of case study material reflects the global impact of social media, and includes data from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
This enlightening and rigorous collection will be of key interest to scholars in media studies and gender studies, and to scholars and professionals of social media.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Part I Old matter in new spaces
1 Whitewashing and the Meme-ability of Scarlett Johansson: Online controversy surrounding the Ghost in the Shell remake
2 ‘My parents check my profile’: How Italian girls negotiate parental discourses in online activities.
Arianna Mainardi and Tonny Krijnen
3 Counselling marriage and love through live-streaming in China: Douyin, relationship counsellor, and the affective public.
Zhen Ye and Qian Huang
4 "Music makes the people come together": Spotify as an intimate social media platform
Ben De Smet and Frederik Dhaenens
Part II Contextualising Identities and Social Media
5 Sexual reputation, intersectional intimacies, and visual social media: Exploring young people’s mores on ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ online sexual reputations
Burcu Korkmazer, Ghent University
Sander De Ridder, University of Antwerp
Sofie Van Bauwel, Ghent University
6 "You live and you learn": Sex and relationship vlogging and the production of knowledge
7 Webisodes as different subversive forms of representation of gender and sexuality
Pernilla Jonsson Severson
8 No Country for Men. Negotiating men’s rights activism in digital spaces
Part III Negotiating Politics and Identities
9 "Hello my lovelies!": Conflicted feminisms and the neoliberalisation of Portuguese activist
Sofia P. Caldeira and Ana Flora Machado
10 Digital sex work? Creating and selling explicit content in OnlyFans
Daniel Cardoso, Despina Chronaki and Cosimo Marco Scarcelli
11 Trans-exclusionary discourses on social media in Spain
Cilia Willem, Iolanda Tortajada and R. Lucas Platero
12 The rise of Bimbo TikTok: Digital sociality, postfeminism, and disidentificatory subjects