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It Gets Better For Queer Orthodox Jews: Envisioning Community Inclusion Through Self-Fulfilment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
2013 (English)In: Breaking the Media Value Chain / [ed] J. Cuenca, K. Zilles, Barcelona, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper the author discusses different understandings of community and community inclusion as they are presented in a transcript of the YouTube video It Gets Better – Gay Orthodox Jews. This video, part of a much larger anti-bullying campaign, features the testimonies of five men. As their stories unfold in what could be described as a “coming out narrative”, the boundaries of the Orthodox and the LGBTQ communities are renegotiated, revealing a new space at their intersection. Furthermore, the analysis of the transcript suggests that embracing queerness is not tantamount to exclusion but rather the opposite. It is by affirming themselves both as Orthodox and queer that those men are able to reclaim their place in the community. Finally, the author argues that this case of community inclusion through self-fulfilment echoes and at the same time problematises theories of secularisation and individualisation in late modernity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Barcelona, 2013.
Keyword [en]
community, internet, Jewish Orthodox, LGBTQ, YouTube, religion, digital media, queer
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202526DiVA: diva2:632131
VII International Conference Media and Reality; 13-14 June 2013; Barcelona, Spain.
Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2013-10-28Bibliographically approved

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