Christopher Conner

Christopher T. Conner, Online Course Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia

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About Christopher

Conner's research is at the intersections of deviance, subcultures, social movements, and LGBT Issues. His work has appeared in The Sociological Quarterly, Symbolic Interaction, and YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research. He is the editor of Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists, The Gayborhood, and an upcoming issue of Studies in Symbolic Interaction on subcultures.

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Quoted by Adrian Burtin in "Americans Aren’t Shy, Except for When It Comes to Politics," Vox Magazine, February 25, 2020.


" Electric Empires: From Subculture to Culture Industry." (with David R. Dickens) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Explores the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) subculture. Shows how gay Latino and African American men, living in Chicago and Detroit, helped create a movement in opposition to overly oppressive policing practices and feelings of alienation and isolation.

"Situating Subcultures" Studies in Symbolic Interaction 54, no. 1 (2021): 1-6.

Explores the various ways the term subculture has been defined.

"The Gay Gayze: Expressions of Inequality on Grindr" The Sociological Quarterly 60, no. 3 (2018): 397-419 .

Demonstrates how new technologies, ironically, have reinforced existing cultural practices and shows how body typing, ageism, racism, and HIV stigma are reproduced within gay men’s self-performance on the app. Considers how the app's structure, and the general makeup of online worlds, make such phenomena more easily reproducible.