TikTok Cultures in the United States examines the role of TikTok in US popular culture, paying close attention to the app’s growing body of subcultures.

Featuring an array of scholars from varied disciplines and backgrounds, this book uses TikTok (sub)cultures as a point of departure from which to explore TikTok’s role in US popular culture today. Engaging with the extensive and growing scholarship on TikTok from international scholars, chapters in this book create frameworks and blueprints from which to analyze TikTok within a distinctly US context, examining topics such as gender and sexuality, feminism, race and ethnicity and wellness.

Shaping TikTok as an interdisciplinary field in and of itself, this insightful and timely volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of new and digital media, social media, popular culture, communication studies, sociology of media, dance, gender studies, and performance studies.

chapter |13 pages


The Rise of TikTok in US Culture
ByTrevor Boffone

part Section One|44 pages

Race and Ethnicity on TikTok

chapter 1|11 pages

The D'Amelio Effect

TikTok, Charli D'Amelio, and the Construction of Whiteness
ByTrevor Boffone

chapter 3|8 pages

TikTok for Us by Us

Black Girlhood, Joy, and Self-care
ByWendyliz Martinez

chapter 4|12 pages


The JewToks' Fight against Antisemitism
ByTom Divon, Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

part Section Two|36 pages

Gender and Sexuality on TikTok

chapter 5|11 pages

Watching TikTok, Feeling Feminism

Intergenerational Flows of Feminist Knowledge
ByShauna Pomerantz, Miriam Field

chapter 6|12 pages

“Do you want to form an alliance with me?”

Glimpses of Utopia in the Works of Queer Women and Non-Binary Creators on TikTok
ByClaudia Skinner

chapter 7|11 pages

Trans TikTok

Sharing Information and Forming Community
ByElle Rochford, Zachary D. Palmer

part Section Three|35 pages

TikTok (Sub)Cultures

chapter 8|11 pages


WitchTok Education for Baby Witches
ByJane Barnette

chapter 9|9 pages

Wellness TikTok

Morning Routines, Eating Well, and Getting Ready to Be “That Girl”
ByKatlin Marisol Sweeney-Romero

chapter 10|9 pages

Hype It Up

US Latinx Theater on TikTok
ByElena Machado Sáez

chapter |4 pages


TikTok Industrial Complex; or Twenty-First-Century Transculturative Creative Critical Collaboratory?
ByFrederick Luis Aldama