Relational interaction and embodiment: conceptualizing meanings of LGBTQ+ activism in digital China

Chen, Sally Xiaojin (2020) Relational interaction and embodiment: conceptualizing meanings of LGBTQ+ activism in digital China. Communication and the Public, 5 (3-4). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2057-0473

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Abstract

This article theoretically and empirically explores meanings of recent activism practised by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other non-heterosexual groups (LGBTQ+) in China. Chinese LGBTQ+ individuals, like the majority of Chinese citizens, are generally self-restrained in popular contention because of the political risks involved. They also face widespread discrimination from the public when revealing their LGBTQ+ identities. This article is concerned with the perceived meanings of Chinese LGBTQ+ individuals suppressing engrained self-constraint to promote LGBTQ+ contention and certain level of collective action. Theoretically, I conceptualize Chinese LGBTQ+ protests as relational interactions undertaken by LGBTQ+ individuals with other people of queer identities (ingroup members), authorities and the public based on the logic of connective action. I also explore the concepts of embodiment and online embodiment to understand individuals’ sensual experiences during LGBTQ+ contention. Empirically, I examine university student Qiu Bai’s lawsuits with the Education Ministry and her social media campaign against homophobic textbooks. Drawing on in-depth interviews and textual analysis, the case study provides a dialectical account of individuals’ experience of embodiment and self-constraint.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 07:37
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 10:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94756

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