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Writing bugchasing ethnoperformance: Creative Representations of Online Interactions

2 April 2020

Publication date
16 March 2020

Original abstract

In this piece, I discuss the creation of ethnoperformance as a method of exploring and representing online spaces. I highlight the need for writing that acknowledges the influence of technology in online communication and argue for the suitability of ethnodrama as a writing method. In particular, I focus on bugchasers – men who fetishize HIV – and their online discussions. Bugchasers’ comments to a forum, articulated as a five act ethnoperformance, serve as a case study to showcase how this form of writing allows users to discuss their negotiations of fantasy/reality while also acknowledging the uncertainty of online spaces and the mediation by technology. I finally defend the view that the visceral reactions ethnodrama produces generate interesting reflexive standpoints from which to research stigmatized practices and ideas.

Garcia-Iglesias, J. (2020). Writing bugchasing ethnoperformance: Creative representations of online interactions. Sexualities. DOI: 10.1177/1363460719896967.

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ethnoperformance, fantasy, HIV/AIDS, Internet, representation


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