ERIC Number: EJ1146311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
"My Voice Is Definitely Strongest in Online Communities": Students Using Social Media for Queer and Disability Identity-Making
Miller, Ryan A.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n4 p509-525 May 2017
In this qualitative study I explored the social media activities of 25 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students with disabilities at a research-intensive university. Using a framework of identity-making that accounts for students' reflections, narrations, and actions, I detail students' experiences exploring queer/ disability identities through social networking sites, smartphone applications, and blogs. Students described going online to find validation, become involved, and manage identities contextually; however, students also described experiencing marginalization online and feeling isolated, suggesting implications for higher education, including the need to critically evaluate students' online engagement.
Descriptors: Social Media, Identification (Psychology), Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Disabilities, Qualitative Research, College Students, Research Universities, Student Experience, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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