Queer theory, cyber-ethnographies and researching online sex environments

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Abstract:

Both the act and the commission of the act of sex have been transformed by technology. This has in turn led to emerging research that seeks to consider online research methods and methodologies that take account of the new medium, with a number of studies examining specific groups and the behaviour of those groups from a socio-legal perspective. This paper will seek to consider the application of queer theory to researching so-called 'virtual' or online sex groups. It will examine how the virtual spaces, and the researchers who survey them, are constituted. The ethical and practical issues that emerge in surveying these groups from a queer theory perspective will also be explored.

Keywords: Internet; ethnography; queer; research methods; sex

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13600830903424734

Affiliations: Principal Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Sunderland, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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