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Angela Jones

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479842964

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479842964.001.0001

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We Are Camily

We Are Camily

Community, Social Capital, and the Problem of Exclusion

(p.134) 6 We Are Camily

Angela Jones

NYU Press

A vibrant community of webcam performers has developed in tandem with the camming industry. The “camily,” as many performers refer to it, is a loosely tied network of performers who provide one another with various forms of support and friendship. Cam models use web forums, social media, and conferences and events to interact with one another in a loosely structured social network that has been designed by cam performers for cam performers. Those who find community can build social capital and acquire benefits as a result. Models’ degrees of embeddedness in the camily influence their ability to mobilize social capital within the camming industry. This chapter also examines exclusionary practices within the community. Community norms and powerful gatekeepers restrict access to social capital. The boundaries some camgirls create exclude trans women, cis men, and low-wage part-time performers, who are disproportionally people of color and non-English-speaking people. This systematic exclusion from the community can adversely affect economic outcomes.

Keywords:   community, social capital, exclusion

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