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Circuits of VisibilityGender and Transnational Media Cultures$
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Radha S. Hegde

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737309

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737309.001.0001

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Doing Cultural Citizenship in the Global Media Hub

Doing Cultural Citizenship in the Global Media Hub

Illiberal Pragmatics and Lesbian Consumption Practices in Singapore

(p.250) 14 Doing Cultural Citizenship in the Global Media Hub
Circuits of Visibility

Audrey Yue

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the production of public queer cultures as sites of media consumption. The recent development of a global media hub in Singapore has enabled the emergence of a queer public culture despite the illegality of homosexuality. State-funded gay films, subsidized theater plays, Internet portals, and nightclubs are part of the new spaces and practices that have been direct beneficiaries of this policy initiative. In a city-state such as Singapore, cultural citizenship is contested through the way sexuality functions as a technology for the creative economy. While the government has mobilized sexuality as a policy tool to promote cultural liberalization, gays and lesbians have also seized on these practices to claim their right to produce and participate in public culture. The chapter thus evaluates how lesbians “do” citizenship and fashion modes of expression through their media consumption that allow them to fit in, use, and twist the governmental framing of media environments.

Keywords:   public queer cultures, media consumption, homosexuality, cultural citizenship, creative economy, cultural liberalization, media environments

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