TikTok Cultures in the United States
TikTok Cultures in the United States examines the role of TikTok in US popular culture, paying close attention to the app’s growing body of subcultures.
Featuring an array of scholars from varied disciplines and backgrounds, this book uses TikTok (sub)cultures as a point of departure from which to explore TikTok’s role in US popular culture today. Engaging with the extensive and growing scholarship on TikTok from international scholars, chapters in this book create frameworks and blueprints from which to analyze TikTok within a distinctly US context, examining topics such as gender and sexuality, feminism, race and ethnicity and wellness.
Shaping TikTok as an interdisciplinary field in and of itself, this insightful and timely volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of new and digital media, social media, popular culture, communication studies, sociology of media, dance, gender studies, and performance studies.
Introduction: The Rise of TikTok in US Culture
Section I: Race and Ethnicity on TikTok
1. The D’Amelio Effect: TikTok, Charli D’Amelio, and the Construction of Whiteness
2. Digital Blackface and the Troubling Intimacies of TikTok Dance Challenges
3. TikTok For Us By Us: Black Girlhood, Joy, and Self Care
4. #JewishTikTok: The JewToks’ Fight Against Antisemitism
Tom Divon and Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann
Section II: Gender and Sexuality on TikTok
5. Watching TikTok, Feeling Feminism: Intergenerational Flows of Feminist Knowledge
Shauna Pomerantz and Miriam Field
6. "Do you want to form an alliance with me?": Glimpses of Utopia in the Works of Queer Women and Non-Binary Creators on TikTok
7. Trans TikTok: Sharing Information and Forming Community
Elle Rochford and Zachary Palmer
Section III: TikTok (Sub)Cultures
8. Hocus-Pocus: WitchTok Education for Baby Witches
9. Wellness TikTok: Morning Routines, Eating Well, and Getting Ready to be "That Girl"
Katlin Marisol Sweeney-Romero
10. Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok
Elena Machado Sáez
TikTok Industrial Complex; or Twenty-first Century Transculturative Creative Critical Collaboratory?
Frederick Luis Aldama
As platforms like TikTok emerge, there is much to learn about the many people and ideas it gives voice to, as well as silences and suppresses. Boffone has given us a must-read collection for those working to make the pressing issues of internet culture and community legible. This work further expands the urgent need for a disciplinary field of internet studies as digital media platforms are remaking our worlds.
Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression