Coming Out In College

Coming Out In College

by Robert Rhoads
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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Coming Out In College

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: 9780897894210
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/05/2000
Series: Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

ROBERT A. RHOADS is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University. Previously, he was a student affairs administrator at the State University of New York College at Potsdam. He is the author, with William G. Tierney, of Cultural Leadership in Higher Education and Enhancing Promotion, Tenure, and Beyond: Faculty Socialization as a Cultural Process.

Table of Contents


Key Characters

Constructing Cultural Borders

The Struggle for Identity

Critical Postmodernism

The Study

Individuals within the Borders

The Closet and a Negative Existence

Coming Out in College

Cultural Borders and the Group

Cultural Workers and the Politics of Silencing


Redefining Cultural Borders

Identity and Socialization

Toward Communities of Difference



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