The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course

The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course

by Phillip L. Hammack, Bertram J. Cohler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195326784

ISBN-13: 9780195326789

Pub. Date: 03/06/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book assembles a diverse group of scholars working within a new, pathbreaking paradigm of sexual science, fusing perspectives from history, sociology, and psychology. The contributors are united in their commitment to the idea of "narrative" as central to the study of sexual identity, offering an analytic approach to social science inquiry on sexual

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This book assembles a diverse group of scholars working within a new, pathbreaking paradigm of sexual science, fusing perspectives from history, sociology, and psychology. The contributors are united in their commitment to the idea of "narrative" as central to the study of sexual identity, offering an analytic approach to social science inquiry on sexual identity that restores the voices of sexual subjects. The result is a rich examination of lives in context, with an eye toward multiplicity and meaning across the life course. Central to the chapters in this volume is the significance of history, generation, and narrative in the provision of a workable and meaningful configuration of identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195326789
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/06/2009
Series:
Sexuality, Identity, and Society Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Time, Place, Story: Introductory Perspectives on Narrative and the Life Course

1 Narrative Engagement and Stories of Sexual Identity: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Sexual Lives Phillip L. Hammack Hammack, Phillip L. Bertram J. Cohler Cohler, Bertram J. 3

2 History, Narrative, and Sexual Identity: Gay Liberation and Postwar Movements for Sexual Freedom in the United States Benjamin Shepard Shepard, Benjamin 23

Pt. II Culture, Identity, Narrative: Context and Multiplicity in Sexual Lives

3 Stories from the Second World: Narratives of Sexual Identity in the Czech Republic Across Three Generations of Men Who Have Sex with Men Timothy McCajor Hall Hall, Timothy McCajor 51

4 Unity and Purpose at the Intersections of Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Identities Ilan H. Meyer Meyer, Ilan H. Suzanne C. Ouellette Ouellette, Suzanne C. 79

5 Bisexuality in a House of Mirrors: Multiple Reflections, Multiple Identities Paula C. Rodriguez Rust Rust, Paula C. Rodriguez 107

6 Narrative Identity Construction of Black Youth for Social Change Mollie V. Blackburn Blackburn, Mollie V. 131

Pt. III Identities in Process: Stories of Risk and Relationships

7 Between Kansas and Oz: Drugs, Sex, and the Search for Gay Identity in the Fast Lane Steven P. Kurtz Kurtz, Steven P. 157

8 (My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship Jacqueline S. Weinstock Weinstock, Jacqueline S. 177

9 Emergence of a Poz Sexual Culture: Accounting for "Barebacking" Among Gay Men Barry D. Adam Adam, Barry D. 207

10 Connectedness, Communication, and Reciprocity in Lesbian Relationships: Implications for Women's Construction and Experience of PMS Janette Perz Perz, JanetteJane M. Ussher Ussher, Jane M. 223

11 Postcards from the Edge: Narratives of Sex and Relationship Breakdown Among Gay Men Damien Ridge Ridge, Damien Rebecca Wright Wright, Rebecca 251

Pt. IV Making Gay and Lesbian Identities: Development, Generativity, and the Life Course

12 In the Beginning: American Boyhood and the Life Stories of Gay Men Bertram J. Cohler Cohler, Bertram J. 275

13 The Role of the Internet in the Sexual Identity Development of Gay and Bisexual Male Adolescents Gary W. Harper Harper, Gary W. Douglas Bruce Bruce, Douglas Pedro Serrano Serrano, Pedro Omar B. Jamil Jamil, Omar B. 297

14 Focus on the Family: The Psychosocial Context of Gay Men Choosing Fatherhood David deBoer deBoer, David 327

15 Midlife Lesbian Lifeworlds: Narrative Theory and Sexual Identity Mary M. Read Read, Mary M. 347

16 The Good (Gay) Life: The Search for Signs of Maturity in the Narratives of Gay Adults Laura A. King King, Laura A. Chad M. Burton Burton, Chad M. Aaron C. Geise Geise, Aaron C. 375

17 Generativity and Time in Gay Men's Life Stories Andrew J. Hostetler Hostetler, Andrew J. 397

18 From Same-Sex Desire to Homosexual Identity: History, Biography, and the Production of the Sexual Self in Lesbian and Gay Elders' Narratives Dana Rosenfeld Rosenfeld, Dana 425

Pt. V Concluding Perspectives

19 Lives, Times, and Narrative Engagement: Multiplicity and Meaning in Sexual Lives Bertram J. Cohler Cohler, Bertram J. Phillip L. Hammack Hammack, Phillip L. 453

Index 467

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