Rural conceptions of queer-intended space and place: the physical, virtual, and relational structures of Grindr and SCRUFF

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Show simple item record Nelson, Mark 2019-08-08T20:21:03Z 2019-08-08T20:21:03Z 2019-08-01
dc.description.abstract Discussions of space and place are essential to many researchers who assert that space and place are integral in shaping how individuals experience the social world. In early work, space was often treated as a physical location without connections to or for human actors, and place is defined as a location that does have connections to, or is for, human actors (Cloke et al 1991; Seamon & Sowers 2008; Selten & van der Zandt; Tuan 1977). Understandings of space and place have expanded past a singular definition regarding the physical to include cyberspace- a virtual space and place. Furthermore, scholarship in queer geography has indicated that queerness provides important insights into how people experience and create space and place. My study examines the question: How do rural users of queer-intended location based social networking (LBSN) apps conceptualize space and place? I interviewed 11 rural users of the apps Grindr and SCRUFF. I used a phenomenological approach with semi-structured interviews conducted over the messaging functions of the apps. I asked 5 general and cryptic questions regarding space and place to see how users would interpret them. I then followed their narratives to understand their conceptions of space and place; many of which I did not anticipate. My following thesis is a full report of the results garnered with my study. Ultimately, this study shows that allowing, potentially, queer folx to identify their own conceptions of space and place shows richer conceptions of space and place than have been identified in previous literature. Space and place take on various connotations respective to the user, and rural users of these queer-intended LBSN apps discuss how Grindr and SCRUFF are spaces and places that serve different users and have contingency to physical geography. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Queer Geography en_US
dc.subject Queer Studies en_US
dc.subject Location Based Social Networking (LBSN) en_US
dc.subject Phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Rural Sociology en_US
dc.title Rural conceptions of queer-intended space and place: the physical, virtual, and relational structures of Grindr and SCRUFF en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Chardie Baird en_US 2019 en_US August en_US

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