Culture Is A Drag

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Raven Elizabeth Walker (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Debra Poulos

Abstract: With Drag culture becoming more relevant there is more content to analyze for specific cultural messages. This is the basis of my thesis, to analyze the effects of drag queen culture on our current society, and what notable characteristics this group of people holds. I will do this by analyzing several different television series, web shows, and online presences within the drag queen community, pointing out the specific cultural elements that this subculture displays. For example, there is now a television show that centers around the competitive nature of Drag queens, i.e. RuPaul’s Drag Race. To understand the potential effects of this television series, I will rhetorically analyze for cultural messages. After this, RuPaul’s Drag Race will be analyzed by looking for messages that pertain to the cultural subcategories. I believe that I will find that drag queens are part of a subculture that has truly unique elements; furthermore, with drag queens being present in mainstream media now, there is potential for other cultures to be influenced by their messages. Also, it will answer the question of why drag is currently resonating with pop culture like never before.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Walker, R. (2018). "Culture Is A Drag." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Drag, culture, intercultural communication, LGBT+ culture, rhetoric

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