Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies, MA
Story, Kaila A.
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
transgender; youtube; resilience; worldmaking; social media; community
This thesis presents an exploratory account of ways that transgender people’s personal YouTube channels, or “vlogs,” provide new avenues to cultivate resilience as a collective. To make sense of this unstable, contested model of identity and community, I apply a three-part model of “social resilience,” a theory of resilience that transcends the individual and welcomes incoherency, contradiction, and “messiness” into its analysis. In Chapter One, I provide a snapshot of transgender history and present my research objective and justification. Chapter Two consists of a literature review and argues in favor of a hybrid theory of intersectionality and assemblage. Chapter Three outlines my epistemological frameworks and methods, and the limitations of qualitative social media research. In Chapter Four, I present my findings, and in Chapter Five I evaluate the potential for cultivating three dimensions of resilience through YouTube before offering suggestions for future research.
Feger, Corey J., "Vlogging truth to power : a qualitative study of resilience as practiced by transgender youtube content creators." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3185.