Social Interaction as the Source of Social Knowledge about LGBT in Malaysia

Sharifah Sophia, Wan Ahmad and Ting, Su Hie and Collin, Jerome and Jacinta Jiin-Yih, Yeo (2021) Social Interaction as the Source of Social Knowledge about LGBT in Malaysia. In: Putrajaya International Conference on Education, Economics, Social Sciences and Engineering, 22 May 2021, Putrajaya.

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The study investigated perceptions of LGBT identities in Malaysia by examining social interaction as the source of social knowledge about LGBT. The perception is relevant now as the topic of sexual orientation is once again occupying the discourse of morality and human rights in the country. As they re-enter into mainstream consciousness, question should be asked about the sources that inform public opinion when talking about LGBT. Using a semi-structured interview, 12 participants living in Kuching and Kota Samarahan districts of Sarawak, Malaysia, were asked about what they thought about LGBT individuals, the sources of their information and the people that they are predisposed to share conversation with on the topic. The results showed that people‟s opinions are informed by social interaction. Those who tend to develop a positive evaluation are more likely to encounter the LGBT individuals through personal friendship. Further, we discover that people who talked with parents and friends tend to look for information that corroborate pre-existing tendency. The study concludes by emphasising the role of social interaction as a key source of social knowledge about LGBT among Malaysians.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social interaction, LGBT, sociology of knowledge, sexual regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Jerome
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2021 05:39
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 01:47

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