Coming Out In College

Coming Out In College

by Robert A. Rhoads
     
 

Coming out is the process of acknowledging same-sex attractions to oneself and to others. It is both a personal and a public process. For many gay and bisexual students, college marks a pivotal point where for the first time they feel free to explore their same-sex attractions. This book is about the struggles students face in coming out. The focus is twofold:

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Coming out is the process of acknowledging same-sex attractions to oneself and to others. It is both a personal and a public process. For many gay and bisexual students, college marks a pivotal point where for the first time they feel free to explore their same-sex attractions. This book is about the struggles students face in coming out. The focus is twofold: the experiences individuals face in coming to terms with their sexual identity and the process of developing a group identity. The development of a group identity involves a degree of political investment. For some students, becoming political means adopting a queer persona. As one student noted, Queer is kind of an 'in your face' attitude toward heterosexism and homophobia. A primary focus of this book revolves around the notion of queer identity and how students engage as cultural workers seeking both campus and societal change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897893787
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1994
Series:
Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Key Characters
IConstructing Cultural Borders1
1The Struggle for Identity3
2Critical Postmodernism23
3The Study41
IIIndividuals within the Borders59
4The Closet and a Negative Existence61
5Coming Out in College77
IIICultural Borders and the Group95
6Cultural Workers and the Politics of Silencing97
7Culture/Subculture121
IVRedefining Cultural Borders141
8Identity and Socialization143
9Toward Communities of Difference163
References177
Index187

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