The Changing of the Guard: Lesbian and Gay Elders, Identity, and Social Change

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Temple University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 250 pages
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One of the first books to link identity, age, and gender, The Changing of the Guard offers a significant meditation on the politics of older lesbians and gays. Combining interviews and sustained critical thought, Rosenfeld links the development of lesbian and gay elders' identity with the key moments in the 20th century reinvention of homosexuality. In doing so, she bridges the gap between history and interaction that has characterized - and constrained - previous studies of identity. Rosenfeld first summarizes the meaning of homosexuality that prevailed when her subjects came of age and the radical changes it underwent during their middle years. She uses these changes to trace the paths they took toward one of two homosexual identities: a discreditable one adopted before the advent of gay liberation, or an accredited one, adopted during and through those momentous years. She theorizes that there is the existence of two distinct identity cohorts, shaped by a willingness or resistance to accept the historical forces at work on lesbian and gay identity. Such decisions on identities, Rosenfeld argues, strongly shaped her subjects in later life, specifically their understanding of th
 

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Contents

and the Search for Meaning
14
From Identity
76
The Heterosexual
98
Homosexual Competence and Relations
124
Contingencies and Challenges
153
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Dana Rosenfeld is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at Colorado College

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