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

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Oxford University Press, Mar 6, 2009 - Psychology - 496 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

CULTURE IDENTITY NARRATIVE CONTEXT AND MULTIPLICITY IN SEXUAL LIVES
49
IDENTITIES IN PROCESS STORIES OF RISK AND RELATIONSHIPS
155
MAKING GAY AND LESBIAN IDENTITIES DEVELOPMENT GENERATIVITY AND THE LIFE COURSE
273
CONCLUDING PERSPECTIVES
451
Index
467
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