“The glittering future of a new invention”: Historicizing Grindr Culture

  • Andrew DJ ShieldEmail author


“Grindr Studies” has emerged as an academic field and examines the cultural practices of especially gay men “on app,” including topics like self-presentation strategies, online/offline dynamics, and sexual racism. Grindr research builds upon decades of scholarly inquiries into online cultures, including studies of digital queer subcultures and online racism. In this chapter, Shield weaves together his own personal experiences in digital spaces for primarily gay men since the 1990s with the contemporaneous scholarly literature on gay sexuality and race online.


Grindr studies Socio-sexual Chat rooms Dating profiles Media history 


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