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Overview

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.

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Employing perspectives from critical and postmodern theory, pivots on the experience of nine male college students who identify themselves as gay, some out of the closet, some not, and others out some doors but not all. Explores the construction of cultural borders, individuals within the borders, cultural borders and the group, and redefining cultural borders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

ROBERT A. RHOADS is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Key Characters
I Constructing Cultural Borders 1
1 The Struggle for Identity 3
2 Critical Postmodernism 23
3 The Study 41
II Individuals within the Borders 59
4 The Closet and a Negative Existence 61
5 Coming Out in College 77
III Cultural Borders and the Group 95
6 Cultural Workers and the Politics of Silencing 97
7 Culture/Subculture 121
IV Redefining Cultural Borders 141
8 Identity and Socialization 143
9 Toward Communities of Difference 163
References 177
Index 187
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