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Queer Chinese Cultures and MobilitiesKinship, Migration, and Middle Classes$
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John Wei

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528271

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528271.001.0001

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Gated Communities

Gated Communities

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Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities

John Wei

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the politics of proximity on locative mobile media that evoke the issue of social position and class affiliation, and on online and urban queer communities that are separated and segregated by class-related cultural capital and social privilege as “gated communities”. Mobilized queer cultures and desires are deeply structured and further complicated by social mobility and immobility through the myth of quality. Social and spatial gating and walling in China’s online and urban middle-class communities have functioned as vehicles of social inclusion and exclusion in the country’s ongoing post-suzhi transformations. This has significantly hindered the once-promising social mobilization and started to concretize existing social stratifications and segregations amid the ongoing social change.

Keywords:   Politics of proximity, Location-based service, Mobile media, Gay dating app, Queer film club, Gated communities, Social mobility and immobility, Social change

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