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This dissertation examines gay/queer individuals' use of Grindr in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a set of practices geared towards self-representation and identity formation on the platform. The research is concerned with understanding whether these constructed virtual identities conform to, or depart from, the platform's transnational gay identity, which foregrounds eroticism, self-commodification, (hyper)masculinity and visibility. For the African continent generally, and South Africa indoi:10.17028/rd.lboro.13251281 fatcat:vuzblxz45rbtrkrsgiooizncg4