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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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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls

Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates

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Circuits of Visibility

Noor Al-Qasimi

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on questions of governmentality and the regulation of queer subjectivities in cyberspace. For the “post-oil” generation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the use of social networking websites has led to the creation of a transnational pan-Gulfian queer imaginary that unsettles notions of sovereignty and territoriality. Indeed, in recent years, the UAE has witnessed multiple transgressive discourses pertaining to heteronormative structures of sexuality, with cybertechnology serving as a primary platform for the enactments of subaltern sexual subjectivities. However, the question remains to what extent cyberspace displaces the governance of gender that is embedded within the framework of the state's preoccupation with its global image and the preservation of an authentic, regional cultural identity.

Keywords:   governmentality, queer subjectivities, cyberspace, United Arab Emirates, queer imaginary, cybertechnology, sexual subjectivities, cultural identity

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