Ethno-Graphic Gatherings of Nonbinary Visual Narratives on TikTok

dc.contributor.authorCostain, Raey
dc.contributor.supervisorWalsh, Andrea N.
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-08T00:34:43Z
dc.date.available2022-09-08T00:34:43Z
dc.date.copyright2022en_US
dc.date.issued2022-09-07
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an exploration in graphic anthropology alongside a digital community of nonbinary people on the social media app, TikTok. Nonbinary visuality is a complicated and still poorly understood set of experiences largely due to a lack of thoughtful representation in both academic and non-academic circles. This work applies comic-style drawing to gather nonbinary visual narratives as they are shared digitally. In doing so, this work contributes to an understanding of what it might mean to ‘look’ nonbinary. Between September 2021-May 2022 I conducted a digital ethnography on TikTok. I applied comic drawing as my primary mode of notetaking and communicating about my experiences. I also recruited 5 nonbinary social media mutuals who each contributed 1-6 video clips to my project. Informed by these video clips and my own auto-ethnographic experiences on the app, I created a collection of comic style drawings. Selections of these drawings were shared on social media (@enbyanthro) and through an interactive documentary housed on my project website (nbvisualnarratives.ca). Throughout my work here, I consider drawing as a process of gathering - of bringing together and being together. As I gathered individual nonbinary narratives through my drawing method I connected those stories to broader dialogues about being nonbinary. The ethno-graphic gatherings discussed here are made up of both personal narratives and shared experiences, brought together through the process of drawing.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14209
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectgraphic anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectdigital ethnographyen_US
dc.subjectsocial mediaen_US
dc.subjectcomics-based researchen_US
dc.subjectnonbinaryen_US
dc.subjectqueer anthropologyen_US
dc.titleEthno-Graphic Gatherings of Nonbinary Visual Narratives on TikToken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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