Gendered Couchsurfing: women from Western Europe and East-Asia contesting de-sexualised cosmopolitanism

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摘要

Couchsurfing is a social-networking site for hospitality exchange. To promote the site, the organizer, Couchsurfing.org, creates the discourse of Couchsurfing cosmopolitanism to emphasize the value of sharing with strangers and tolerance of cultural difference in Couchsurfing practice. This study argues that the discourse production is under a patriarchal system, in which the experience about women’s fear of men’s harassment and according practice are concealed. By conceptualizing the sexed-and-gendered body in Couchsurfing, this study exposes the power, knowledge and social relation in the cross-cultural context of Couchsurfing, represented not only in women’s feeling, performance and interaction but also in their embodied cosmopolitanism. The comparison between with Western-European and East-Asian women’s experience is also included in the analysis. It highlights the effects of the gender role inscribed on women’s body which makes a difference in women’s cross-cultural interaction as well as their embodied cosmopolitanism.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)1090-1106
頁數17
期刊Gender, Place and Culture
24
發行號8
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2017 八月 3

指紋

cosmopolitanism
Western Europe
discourse
interaction
gender role
cultural difference
Social Relations
tolerance
networking
experience
East Asia
Cosmopolitanism
anxiety
performance

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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