Class Year

2014

Date

4-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Politics

Second Department or Program

Communication

First Advisor

Siobhan Moroney

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Benacka

Third Advisor

Miguel de Baca

Abstract

Drag is a performance identity that is based in gay culture. Drag has recently become popularized through various visual media. This study uses visual media and political queer theory to analyze drag’s association with the building block of society: the family unit. Through use of contemporary content analysis and survey data, this thesis examines how the rise of drag in visual media, specifically the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race, has transformed the political structure of drag families. This thesis also argues for a family structure model that is based on collective identity, which has resulted in the popularization of chosen families.


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