Location, safety and (non) strangers in gay men’s narratives on ‘hook-up’ apps

Davis, M., Flowers, P. , Lorimer, K., Oakland, J. and Frankis, J. (2016) Location, safety and (non) strangers in gay men’s narratives on ‘hook-up’ apps. Sexualities, 19(7), pp. 836-852. (doi: 10.1177/1363460716629334)

178227.pdf - Accepted Version



Hook-up websites and apps are said to be transforming the sexual lives of gay men and have been linked with the apparent erosion of gay publics as the basis for identity politics and social action. This article examines these dynamics in the interview and focus-group talk of gay men living on the economic and geographical margins of metropolitan gay culture. It offers perspectives on the importance of location – class, generation and space – for the experience of digital media, the negotiation of safety, and the new codifications and elaborations on sex with the (non) stranger; a figure who is not alien, yet not familiar, in sexual sociality. Reflecting on these situated perspectives in connection with debates on the erosion of gay publics, this article argues against monolithic framings of gay men’s sexual lives after digital media.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:We thank Blood-Borne Viruses NHS Lanarkshire for funding this research.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Davis, M., Flowers, P., Lorimer, K., Oakland, J., and Frankis, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Sexualities
ISSN (Online):1461-7382
Published Online:17 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sexualities 19(7):836-852
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record