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date: 16 December 2019

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Forming a convergence of digital media, urban life, and queer identity, Brooklyn’s drag community provides a case study for thinking about different means of theorizing space. Space not only matters for the content of communication, but also shapes practices of and different needs for communication. Drawing on participant observation and focus group interviews with drag queens in Brooklyn, New York, the chapter describes the narratives and practices of representation that emerge in accounts of how their community came to be and what their collective identity work means in a larger context of queerness, media, and the urban. The discussion focuses particularly on the ways that authenticity and visibility are bound up in practices of mediated representation and identifies the different scales (neighborhood, city, and countercultural imaginary) that emerge in practices of queer identity work as tied to space.

Keywords: drag queens, urban space, queer community, digital technologies, safe space

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