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Pansexual Identification in Online Communities: A Queer Sociological Study on Sexual Identification

Gönel, Ayisigi Hale LU (2011) SIMT21 20111
Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender
Graduate School
Abstract
The research investigates different aspects of pansexual self identifications within contemporary online communities. To explore such identifications, the research asks the subsequent question of whether pansexual identification constitutes an anti-identity position against conservative conceptualizations of identity, as well as new-homonormativities that mainstream LGBTQ movements of the West engage in to invest in normalcy. While coming from the deconstructionist standpoint of queer theory, and rejecting inherent identity categories, the anti-identity position of pansexuality investigated with the research does not refer to a performative failure of the subject, resulting in a theoretical impossibility of studying sexual identities... (More)
The research investigates different aspects of pansexual self identifications within contemporary online communities. To explore such identifications, the research asks the subsequent question of whether pansexual identification constitutes an anti-identity position against conservative conceptualizations of identity, as well as new-homonormativities that mainstream LGBTQ movements of the West engage in to invest in normalcy. While coming from the deconstructionist standpoint of queer theory, and rejecting inherent identity categories, the anti-identity position of pansexuality investigated with the research does not refer to a performative failure of the subject, resulting in a theoretical impossibility of studying sexual identities outside of the text. Consequently, the research explores the conceptualizations of the self within queer theory and reflexive sociology, as well as cyberstudies. By engaging in this theoretical discussion based on the different and similar readings of the self and identity, the research aims to explore the possibility of employing a method that commits to queer aspirations while still maintaining intelligible methods of sociology in conducting research on sexualities outside of the text, and in the realm of the social. As the research investigates pansexual identifications online, by gathering data through an online survey it explores the way in which these identifications are understood as multiple and flexible identities. Moreover, the research investigates the way in which respondents’ answers suggest a stand against binaries of sex and gender, as well as new-homonormativities, thus concludes to forward that these pansexual identifications constitute the anti-identity position proposed initially. (Less)
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author
Gönel, Ayisigi Hale LU
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course
SIMT21 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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queer theory, multiple and flux identity, anti-identity, pansexual identification, reflexive sociology, online communities, new-homonormativities
language
English
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1974571
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2011-07-06 08:07:34
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  abstract     = {The research investigates different aspects of pansexual self identifications within contemporary online communities.  To explore such identifications, the research asks the subsequent question of whether pansexual identification constitutes an anti-identity position against conservative conceptualizations of identity, as well as new-homonormativities that mainstream LGBTQ movements of the West engage in to invest in normalcy.  While coming from the deconstructionist standpoint of queer theory, and rejecting inherent identity categories, the anti-identity position of pansexuality investigated with the research does not refer to a performative failure of the subject, resulting in a theoretical impossibility of studying sexual identities outside of the text.  Consequently, the research explores the conceptualizations of the self within queer theory and reflexive sociology, as well as cyberstudies.  By engaging in this theoretical discussion based on the different and similar readings of the self and identity, the research aims to explore the possibility of employing a method that commits to queer aspirations while still maintaining intelligible methods of sociology in conducting research on sexualities outside of the text, and in the realm of the social.  As the research investigates pansexual identifications online, by gathering data through an online survey it explores the way in which these identifications are understood as multiple and flexible identities.  Moreover, the research investigates the way in which respondents’ answers suggest a stand against binaries of sex and gender, as well as new-homonormativities, thus concludes to forward that these pansexual identifications constitute the anti-identity position proposed initially.},
  author       = {Gönel, Ayisigi Hale},
  keyword      = {queer theory,multiple and flux identity,anti-identity,pansexual identification,reflexive sociology,online communities,new-homonormativities},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Pansexual Identification in Online Communities: A Queer Sociological Study on Sexual Identification},
  year         = {2011},
}