Women and queer British South Asian Instagrammers

Sharma, Priya. 2023. Women and queer British South Asian Instagrammers. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The following thesis centers the socio-digital lives of women and queer members from the British South Asian digital diaspora, providing an account of the ambivalent nature of digital identity work. More specifically, it is invested in engaging participants in reflecting on their own engagements and the engagements of others on Instagram. I then critically analyse how they simultaneously resist and reproduce neoliberal logics of social media platforms. I involve participants in reflective interviews related to their digital usage. This approach is a tool underpinned by three theoretical strands that make fluid diaspora experience and digital experience, as well as centering the affective dimensions of social media platforms through the method of in-depth interviews. Practically, I argue that it serves as an animated space within which to analyse data and imaginatively build a community for research purposes. Unlike digital counterpublics like Black Twitter, my participants are individual users and I therefore have created an analytical space through which I can define them as a particular set of users who will have different as well as similar behaviours and opinions. In contextualising participant perceptions within discourses concerning South Asian digital diasporas, I explore how the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and caste are centered and obscured and what this tells us about contemporary configurations of British South Asian identities nationally and globally. Further contextualising these perceptions within wider discourses of neoliberal logics of social media and platform capitalism, I analyse how this technological social mode shapes and is shaped by its users.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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digital diasporas, British South Asians, Instagram, postfeminist, digital queer studies, queer digital intimacies, platform studies, social media, gender online

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


31 October 2023

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10 Nov 2023 11:07

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10 Nov 2023 11:11



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