"How Do You Define Art?": RuPaul's Drag Race's Influence On Drag Queen Identity And Group Culture

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2017-05

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This thesis provides insight into how the popular program RuPaul’s Drag Race affects drag identity and drag culture. This program sparks a contentious, but also thoughtful, narrative of how those who participate in Houston drag culture identify and define group culture. At the same time, the show creates a semiotic sphere to explore group identity with diverse audiences and participants. Through a photovoice approach and semi-structured interviews with 12 drag participants, I illustrate how drag queens feel the show widened drag audiences but created generational divisions and diluted drag styles.

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Drag culture, Media, Mass communication, Entertainment, Rupaul's drag race

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