Publications & Reports

Identities in Motion: Cyberspace and Myanmar Men having Sex with Men

Lin KS, der Putten MV

Abstract

This paper explores how Myanmar men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) create identity through lived and mediated realities, by using cyber social networks, 30 in-depth interviews were conducted through snowballing among MSM cyber social network members. Content analysis was guided by a social network analysis framework. Networking positively affected connectedness and social support however norms and values were challenged. Age, experience, sex-roles, and peer-relationships seem to influence self-efficacy. Interpersonal dynamics were driven by online-cruising, dating, cyber-sex and off-line encounters. In conclusion, access to social networking offers an outlet for socio-cultural and legal oppressed Myanmar MSM, however building life-skills among younger users’ needs attention. Social networks could be appropriate channels for social and health programs targeting MSM.

Publication

  • Journal: Research on Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Published: 01/04/2012
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 36-49